Port Jervis Man Charged With Murdering GirlfriendJan 30th, 2013 | By Jay Long | Category: Lead Article
An 8 count indictment was unsealed in Orange County Court Tuesday charging 39 year old David Stevenson, of 8 Mountain Avenue, Port Jervis with multiple felonies committed on January 15th, 2013, in the City of Port Jervis.
Stevenson has been charged with one count of Murder in the 2nd Degree, for the death of his girlfriend, Tyrochelle Haughton on January 15th, 2013, by slashing her throat with a sharp object. It is also believed that Stevenson intentially set the home the couple shared on Mountain Avenue on fire to cover up the homicide.
The indictment also includes charges of Manslaughter in the 1st Degree, 2nd and 3rd Degree Arson, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree, one count of Animal Cruelty, and one count of Tampering With Physical Evidence.
The Tampering count alleges that he started the fire in order to cover up evidence of the homicide.
Stevenson faces life in prison if convicted of the murder charges and a sentence of 5-25 years for all other charges.
Stevenson has been in the Westchester County Medical Center since January 15th for treatment of burn injuries. Police have been at the hospital since January 15th and was formally arrested Tuesday.
Stevenson will be arraigned, as soon as is medically possible, at the hospital where he will continue to be held under guard. When he is discharged from the hospital he will be transported to the Orange County Jail.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Port Jervis Police Department with assistance from New York State Police and the Orange County DA’s Office.