Suspects Arraigned In Fatal Stabbing Of Peekskill Barber

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Sunil Williams, 29, was held without bail in the November stabbing death of a Peekskill barber. Photo Credit: Peekskill Police Department
Maurice Walker, 33, of Mount Vernon is also charged in the November stabbing death of Peekskill barber Alexander Rochester. Photo Credit: Peekskill Police Department

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. — Two men charged in the November stabbing death of a Peekskill barber were arraigned Thursday in Westchester County Court in White Plains.

The office of Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said Sunil Williams, 29, of the Bronx and Maurice Walker, 33, of Mount Vernon were arraigned on a three-count indictment charging them with one count of second-degree murder, a class A felony; one count of first-degree manslaughter, a class B violent felony; and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony.

The men were arrested in the Nov. 23 stabbing of 23-year-old Alexander Rochester, who police said had recently moved to Peekskill from the Bronx. The incident stemmed from a prior dispute and occurred outside a barbershop where both defendants worked on South Street in Peekskill.

Police responded to a 911 call about 10:30 a.m. to 629 South St., where they found the victim on the sidewalk with multiple stab wounds to his chest. He was taken to Hudson Valley Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. After reviewing surveillance video from inside the shop, police charged Walker on Nov. 28.

Bail was set at $150,000 for Walker, while Williams was held without bail. Both men face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison on the top count of the indictment. Their next court date is Jan. 31.

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