Trial of Geneva man accused of beating burglar to death begins April 1st

The murder trial of a Geneva man charged in the beating death of an accused burglar will begin April 1.

Ontario County Judge Brian Dennis heard arguments Tuesday in the case of Jeffrey Salone Jr. He faces charges of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence in the September 2017 death of Jawaun Brumfield at Salone’s home on Hallenbeck Avenue.

In a statement to police, Salone said he was sleeping about 4:30 a.m. when he heard a loud noise. After getting out of bed, Salone said he saw a black male coming through his kitchen window, adding that the intruder was holding a Taser and reaching for a knife.

Salone said a fight ensued and the intruder’s head hit a coffee table. He told police the intruder tried to get up, but he kicked and hit the person, and the intruder eventually became unconscious and was “breathing funny.”

Dennis dismissed an earlier manslaughter indictment against Salone, ruling the grand jury should have been told of Salone’s statement and claim of self-defense. However, Dennis allowed the district attorney’s office to present the case to another grand jury, which came back with the murder and tampering charges in addition to manslaughter.

In the new indictment, Salone — in the murder charge — is accused of showing a “depraved indifference to human life” that created a grave risk of death to Brumfield. The manslaughter charge alleges Salone intended to cause serious physical injury to Brumfield, leading to his death.

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