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March 06, 2015 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that David Carlson (DOB 04/28/71) of 99 Old Plank Road, Sparrowbush, New York was arraigned today on a three-count indictment charging him with:

  • one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class “A-1” Felony,
  • one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony,
  • one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,

relating to the death of Norris Acosta Sanchez.

This indictment is a representation of an earlier Grand Jury presentation by the Orange County District attorneys office that subsequently recused itself from prosecuting the case.

“Whatever this defendant’s intended motivations, his alleged actions after disregarding direct instructions from police not to have contact with the victim and let them handle the situation regarding the victim, tragically resulted in this outcome,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

In August of 2013, the defendant encountered the victim near his home and they became friendly. The defendant hired the victim to do odd jobs on his property and paid him with food.  Over time, the defendant and his wife, Sarah, would take the victim shopping and he gave Spanish lessons to the defendant’s children.

On Oct. 5, 2013, the defendant learned that the victim was wanted for having sex with a 14-year-old girl.  The defendant decided to contact the police and pass along this information.  

On Oct. 9, 2013, State Police questioned the victim at a car stop in the vicinity of the defendant’s home. The victim jumped out and ran into the woods eluding police.

Two days later, at 9:15 a.m., the victim knocked on the front door of the defendant’s house.

The defendant grabbed a loaded pump-action shotgun and confronted the victim.

He marched the victim from the defendant’s driveway in the hopes of alerting a neighbor to the situation.   

He then attempted to alert a second neighbor.

At some point the defendant while interacting with the victim shot him in the arm.

The defendant then shot the victim a second time, in the head.  

Bail was continued at $100,000.

The defendant’s next court date will be on April 20, 2015.

The defendant faces a maximum of twenty-five years to life in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Timothy Ward, Deputy Division Chief of the Superior Court Trial Division and Senior Assistant District Attorney Lana Hochheiser of the Career Criminal Bureau are prosecuting the case.

In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.