Sources: Second arrest made in alleged contract killing in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Months after a man was found dead on his front lawn, police have made two arrests in his death.

An arrest has been made in connection with the murder of Charles Dembrosky. Sources said they believe it was a contract killing over death benefits taken out in his name.

Sources say Dembrosky was aware of the policy.

On Friday, sources say police arrested and charged Tarchand Lall on first-degree murder charges.

According to sources close to the investigation, Dembrosky was allegedly working for Lall.

Lall is accused of hiring Joevany Luna, 42, to kill Dembrosky. He was arrested in Delaware on Thursday and is awaiting extradition.

Lall was arrested Friday morning and was sent back to Schenectady County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing next week.

One neighbor reacted to the arrest.

“I know lots of people that walk their dogs in the mornings like that and talk about the apple tree in the backyard,” neighbor Duane Louma said.

Louma said he lives in a quiet neighborhood, so it was a shock when he saw a body on his neighbor’s front lawn the morning of November 19, 2016.

“That seemed a little bit, you know, strange to happen right across the street from us,” he said.

People were kept in the dark for months. Police would only say the 49-year-old was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head.

Friends of Dembrosky called him Chuck and said he was a very happy person who loved spending time with friends and family. They said “we are relieved that justice was served today for our dear friend Chuck, and most importantly, that a murderer is off the street.”

“We never thought anybody would be caught,” Louma said.

Lall’s attorney declined to comment on Friday.

The investigation remains ongoing.


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