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Lawyers Say Cops Illegally Questioned Suspect In Murder Of Stamford Man

Joey Comunale
Joey Comunale Photo Credit: Instagram

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Lawyers for one of the suspects in a case of a Stamford man who was murdered in Manhattan are arguing that their client's rights were violated by police during the investigation, according to the New York Daily News.

Lawrence Dilione, 28, of Jersey City, N.J., James Rackover, 25, of Manhattan and Max Gemma, 29, of Oceanport, N.Y. have all been charged in connection with the Nov. 13 death of Joey Comunale of Stamford, who was stabbed in a Manhattan apartment and buried in New Jersey. None of the suspects have been charged with Comunale's murder, but face charges such as tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution.

All three men have pleaded not guilty to their charges.

Court filings obtained by the New York Daily News argue that detectives illegally questioned Dilione on the night of his arrest. Dilione's lawyers say that he had two lawyers present, but police continued to question him for 40 hours, according to the New York Daily News. They allege that police stalled Dilione's lawyers while they tried to get more information from him, the New York Daily News said.

The New York Daily News reported that the information could prove harmful to the prosecution, including suppressing comments that led to the discovery of the body and details of the murder. 

Rackover's lawyers also filed a motion arguing that police did not have his permission to enter his home after the party where Comunale was killed, according to the New York Daily News. A cleaning woman let detectives in to the apartment and did not object to them searching, the New York Daily News reported.

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