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March 15, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. today announced that Andre Coverdale (DOB 08/12/88), who has no known address, pleaded guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class B felony, in the stabbing death of his mother, Dawne McCray of Yonkers. County Court Judge Barry Warhit accepted the plea.

Background
On Jan. 16, 2016, at about 12:30 p.m., the defendant walked up to a security booth at an apartment complex on Schroeder Street 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 waiting at the guard booth. Coverdale told the officers his mother was in apartment 225 at the complex. When police officers entered the apartment, they found the bloodied victim dead in her bed. The medical examiner later said she died from multiple stab wounds in the face and neck which cut through a major artery resulting in massive bleeding.

Coverdale is scheduled to be sentenced May 23, 2018. He faces a maximum of 25 years in state prison. ADA Christine O’Connor and ADA Tim Ward prosecuted the case.

 

Andre Coverdale

Andre Coverdale

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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