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A New Rochelle Man has been charged in a two count indictment in connection with the January 9, 2011 death of his two year old son.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore says Richard "Ricky" Leak of 345 Main Street, New Rochelle has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder and 1st Degree Manslaughter in the death of Khalil Leak.
On January 9, police were called to Leak's apartment by a neighbor who reported a toddler was unresponsive and having difficulty breathing. He was pronounced dead around 2 a.m. after he was transported to Sound Shore Medical Center.
Police said Leak told them the boy fell and struck his head while jumping on a couch. Leak was arrested several days later on January 12.
The Westchester Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma and that the toddler had a skull fracture.
Richard Leak faces a maximum of 25 years to life in state prison if found guilty. He is due back in court on March 24.
Jury deliberations have begun in the case of former Eastchester Police officer James Pileggi.
The 30 year old Pileggi is charged with second degree manslaughter in the death of Andre Everett of New Rochelle on November 3, 2009.
Pileggi claims he was trying to take apart what he thought was an unloaded gun when the off-duty weapon discharged, striking Everett in the throat and killing him instantly.
Prosecutors allege that Pileggi had a history of recklessness with guns and failed to take proper safety precautions. Last week, he took the witness stand in his own defense and testifed that he was trying to show Everett a laser device on the gun when it went off.
The jury heard readback of some testimony after getting the case Monday afternoon. It returns for deliberations on Tuesday morning.
Pileggi resigned from the Eastchester police force shortly after the fatal shooting.
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