Documents: Stamford man killed in NYC in argument over cigarettes

Documents filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court Tuesday revealed new details about a Stamford man killed in NYC.



According to court documents, the adopted son of a celebrity jeweler panicked and killed Joey Comunale, of Stamford, after another man beat him into an unconscious state over an argument about cigarettes. It says the incident occurred after a night of partying and cocaine use in Manhattan.



Police say Comunale was killed inside a Midtown luxury apartment on Nov. 13. Authorities found his dismembered body in a shallow grave in New Jersey several days later. Two men were charged in connection with the killing.



The new revelations come from the lawyer of a third suspect, Max Gemma, accused of helping cover up the crime. Gemma accuses Lawrence Dilione and James Rackover of being solely responsible for Comunale's death.



The court papers claim the Dilione initially beat Comunale after the argument. Dilione allegedly told police that Rackover panicked and said, "We have to kill him," and then stabbed, choked and tried to dismember him in a bathtub.



Surveillance cameras captured both men loading duffel bags into a car hours later.



Police have not charged anyone with murder. They say they are still trying to prove who actually killed Comunale.



Rackover is being held on $1 million bond. Dilione has been released on $300,000 bond. Gemma is out on $200,000 bond.


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