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Third Suspect Charged In Stabbing Death Of Stamford Man In Manhattan

Joseph "Joey" Comunale
Joseph "Joey" Comunale Photo Credit: Lacerenza Funeral Home

STAMFORD, Conn. — A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a Stamford man who was killed in Manhattan last month and buried in a shallow grave in New Jersey, according to NBC Connecticut.

Max Gemma, 29, of Oceanport, N.Y., was arrested Tuesday on charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence in the death of Joseph "Joey" Comunale, 26, NBC Connecticut said.

Comunale was stabbed 15 times Nov. 13 in a luxury apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, police said. His body was found three days later buried in a shallow grave in Monmouth County, N.J., police said.

Comunale was a 2008 graduate of Westhill High School, where he was a member of the state championship baseball team and played hockey, and a 2012 graduate of Hofstra University, with a degree in legal studies in business. He worked as a sales associate at Tri-Ed in Elmsford, N.Y.

James Rackover, 25, of Manhattan, and Lawrence Dilione, 28, of Jersey City, N.J., have also been charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence in the case as well as an additional charge of concealment of a human corpse.

Dilione was formally indicted Monday, but prosecutors declined to say on what charges.

No one has been charged with murder in the case, and it not clear what role police believe each played in Comunale's death.

Click here to read the story at the NBC Connecticut website.

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