Wednesday, April 23, 2008

but we didn't know he was dead

You probably recall the story... but yesterday, the final chapter was written.

Back in January, David J. Dalaia and James O'Hare wheeled the body of of Virgilio Cintron from his apartment in New York City to a Pay-O-Matic location.

Once at the Pay-O-Matic, the two men left the body outside (seated in an office chair) and attempted to cash Cintron's Social Security check. Unfortunately, the sight of a dead body in an office chair gained the attention of bystanders and police officers.

Accordingly, the two men were arrested on a number of charges: forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, attempted larceny and improper disposal of a body.

At the time, Police spokesman Paul Brown said, "The witnesses saw the two pushing the chair with Cintron flopping from side to side and the two individuals propping him up and keeping him from flopping from side to side."

Okay. The guy was flopping from side to side. He sure looked dead and they sure weren't taking him to a hospital. It certainly appears that they knew their friend was dead and they were trying to get the money. Slam dunk. Open and shut case.

Ahhhh.... but not so.

Yesterday, charges against the two men were dropped. The men say that they didn't realize that their friend was dead (?!). Since prosecutors can't prove when Cintron actually died, they have decided not to move forward with the case.

the original story:
the follow up:

I'm trying to decide which is more stupid: two men who take their sick/dead friend to Pay-O-Matic or a legal system that can't build a case here.

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