Poughkeepsie Man Shot Dead Suspect Pleads Not GuiltySep 7th, 2013 | By Jay Long | Category: Featured Articles
The third homicide in just over two weeks has the City of Poughkeepsie on edge and officials trying to find a way to help curb the violence.
The latest slaying took place during the early morning hours of Thursday, September 5, 2013, when Poughkeepsie police were responding to a report of a man with a gun just before 3:00 AM. Police say they heard a gunshot just before they reached the area of Washington Street and Orchard Place. When they arrived on scene, 32 year old Michael McNair of Poughkeepsie was lying on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds.
McNair was taken to Saint Francis hospital in Poughkeepsie, where he was pronounced dead.
McNair’s death is the seventh homicide in the City of Poughkeepsie this year.
Cesar Gomez of Poughkeepsie was arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection with the shooting. With a lawyer by his side, the 25 year old Gomez plead not guilty to the charges in City of Poughkeepsie Court Friday morning. He was denied bail and remanded to Dutchess County Jail. Is due back in court on Tuesday September 10.
City of Poughkeepsie Mayor said that police manpower is out in full force and asked the community to be active in fighting crime by reporting what they see and cooperating with investigations.
Police did not say if anyone else would be charged in connection with the case.
City of Poughkeepsie police ask anyone with information on the shooting to call the confidential tipline at 845.451.7577