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Suspects Plead Not Guilty In Murder Of Stamford Man In Manhattan

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

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Two men pleaded not guilty in connection with the murder of a 26-year-old Stamford man who was killed in Manhattan last month and buried in New Jersey, according to NBC New York.

James Rackover, 25, of Manhattan and Lawrence Dilione, 28, of Jersey City both pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of concealment of a human body, hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence, NBC New York reported.

A third suspect, 29-year-old Max Gemma of Oceanport, N.Y., has also been charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence, NBC New York reported. He previously pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Police are still determining what role each person could have played in the Nov. 13 death of Joseph Comunale of Stamford, and murder charges could be forthcoming.

Comunale was stabbed 15 times 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.

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