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Written by on July 30, 2019

As the end of the Liberty Street murder trial draws closer suspect description still remains a key issue for the defense.
The description of the man who jumped out Raymond Morgan’s window remains a powerful piece of evidence that could identify the perpetrator of the bludgeoning death last July.
Defense attorney Frederick Rarick said due to insufficient evidence, the case is all speculative as to who that subject is and he motioned for a trial dismissal for his client, Richard Hanes.
The last witness for the prosecution, Detective Sergeant Kevin Czora, questioned inconsistencies about the grey sweatpants and green shirt, similar to those of the unidentified suspect, found in Hanes’s closet.
The clothing items did not match either the descriptions given by witnesses or clothing shown in surveillance video footage.
Jurors will hear closing statements and elements of the second-degree murder charge before entering jury deliberations today at 9 a.m. Hanes faces life in prison if convicted.

Attempted armed robbery has Albion Police seeking assistance in identifying a pair of suspects.
Albion Police were called to the Crosby’s North convenience store located on North Main Street in Albion for a reported armed robbery last night at around 9:50 p.m.
Two suspects dressed in black entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money from store employees, however the suspects took off without any money.
There are surveillance photos and a description of the pair in the article on our website.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Albion Police Department at 589-5627.

An attorney and former Darien town judge says she has her eye on Capitol Hill.
Beth Parlato has officially announced a bid for the 27th Congressional District seat held by incumbent Congressman Chris Collins.
The Republican still hasn’t said if he’ll be running for another term next year.
Parlato, who is also a Republican, calls herself a political outsider with an unapologetic conservative voice.
Republican State Senator Christopher Jacobs has also entered the race.

Governor Cuomo has officially signed off on two new pieces of gun legislation.
The first law will ban “bump stocks” which allow a semi-automatic weapon to fire like an automatic weapon.
The second measure establishes a 30-day waiting period for buying a firearm, which allows the person looking to purchase a weapon to undergo a background check.
Both laws were passed by the Legislature this year and are the first significant changes to the state’s gun laws since the SAFE Act in 2013

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