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April 27, 2016 -- Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty announced that Andre Coverdale (DOB 12/18/88) who has no known address, was arraigned today on an indictment charging him with:

  • one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class “A” Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony

in the death of Dawne McCray.

On Jan. 16, 2016, at about 12:30 p.m., the defendant walked up to a security booth at 2 Schroeder St. in Yonkers and told the security officer that “he had just killed his mother.” The defendant asked the guard to call the police.

When Yonkers Police arrived on the scene, the defendant was still waiting at the guard booth. The security guard identified the defendant as the person claiming to have killed his mother.

The defendant told the officers that his mother was located in apartment 225 at the complex. When police officers entered the apartment, they found the victim stabbed to death in her bed. They located the apparent murder weapon, a knife, on a window sill in the living room.

The victim died from multiple stab wounds of the face and neck involving a carotid artery and jugular veins resulting in massive bleeding.

The defendant pled not guilty.

He was remanded.

His next court date is May 11, 2016.

The defendant faces an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment, the maximum term must be life, and the minimum term may be not less than 15 years nor more than 25 years. Thus, the least sentence is 15 years to life, and the greatest sentence is 25 years to life.

Deputy District Attorney Timothy Ward of the Superior Court Trial Division is prosecuting the case.


Andre Coverdale

Andre Coverdale


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