Paroled killer indicted for holiday slaying

For six months, Reginald Powell has sat in the Westchester County jail on theft and drug charges, while investigators built a murder case on him.

Yesterday, Powell, who served 24 years for killing a cab driver in the 1980s, was indicted on first- and second-degree murder charges in the December stabbing death of Jennifer Katz, a Mamaroneck mother who used to date Powells’ brother.

He’ll be arraigned on Monday in Westchester County Court.

Photo: Reginald Powell

Maximum sentence for convicted accomplice in fatal robbery

A 28-year-old man who was convicted in a deadly robbery of a suspected Mount Vernon drug dealer two years ago has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Keith Wilkinson received the maximum sentence last week after being found guilty of murder, robbery, burglary, gun possession and assault, in the fatal shooting of 38-year-old Leaton Burke.

Westchester County prosecutors said Wilkinson was probably not the shooter but was equally guilty because he “acted in concert” with those who killed Burke and beat up his roommate. The shooter and the other attacker were never caught.

Burke was shot once in the head, execution style, at his home at 613 S. 10th Ave. on Jan. 27, 2009. Wilkinson was arrested a year later after police got a tip that he confessed to his role in the fatal robbery.

Wilkinson has maintained his innocence and said he had nothing to do with the robbery. No forensic evidence tied him to the crime scene, but several police officers said he confessed to participating in the crime.

Discovered DNA delays double murder trial

Deep in the recesses of the Westchester County lab, someone years ago misplaced key evidence in the 1986 strangulation slaying of 23-year-old June Roberts of Yonkers.

A few days ago, someone else found that evidence — namely, a sperm-covered microscope slide  — that could further link ex-convict Kenneth West to her death.

West, 44, was supposed to go on trial last month on murder charges in the deaths of Roberts and of Pelham grandmother Josephine O’Keefe in 1983. But now, the lawyers have to decide if to test the slide, and where to have it tested, because the county lab doesn’t have the equipment to do it.

I’m writing more about this for the weekend, so check on Sunday for the details. Meanwhile, you can read more about the case by clicking here.