County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Julio Cortez (DOB
· one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class “A-1” Violent Felony,
· one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “B” Violent Felony,
· one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor,
relating to a fatal stabbing.
patrol officer arrived, he discovered the body of 23 year old Carlos Guirachocha, lying face down on the steps to the entrance
When the officer turned the man over, he observed blood and a stab wound in the area of the heart.
Emergency medical personnel were contacted and the victim was later pronounced dead.
An investigation began during which police located a large kitchen knife nearby and recovered surveillance video from the two buildings.
Detectives discovered that the two men had argued prior to the stabbing.
defendant was arrested on
court date is
The defendant faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.
Assistant District Attorney Kristina Dushaj of the Major Case Bureau is 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.