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
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.
The murder of Peggy Hall Perez-Olivo finally made it to prime time. This weekend, Dateline NBC showed a two-hour (!) special about the fatal 2006 roadside shooting of the popular Chappaqua elementary school aide called “A Long, Dark Stretch of Road.” The Journal News/LoHud.com covered the case and trial extensively, including the conviction of her husband, Carlos Perez-Olivo, for second-degree murder for her death. Dateline was allowed in the courtroom to film the opening and closing statements, as well as the verdict.
I got a kick out of seeing the lawyers I cover on a daily basis “do TV.” And it was interesting to see how Dateline told the story of the Perez-Olivo family, the killing and its aftermath using video shown at the trial and interviews with the couple’s two youngest children and Peggy’s sister, all of whom still contend that Perez-Olivo is innocent. Perez-Olivo is interviewed as well, wearing prison-issued clothing, denying that he’s the killer.
Thanks to the power of the internet, you can still see the episode by CLICKING HERE.
If you want to read The Journal News’ coverage of the trial, CLICK HERE.
As an aside, the hole that Perez-Olivo’s son, Merced, punched in the courthouse wall when he learned about his father’s conviction is still there today, more than six months later.