Court papers give graphic look into murder of man found buried in NJ


Newly filed court papers are giving a graphic look into the murder of Connecticut man Joseph Comunale, 26, who was killed in a Manhattan high-rise before his body was dumped in Oceanport.

According to the papers, it started with a night of partying and a cocaine-fueled argument over cigarettes.

Lawrence Dilione, the suspect from Jersey City, allegedly told detectives he beat Comunale until he was unconscious. 

The documents continue to say the other suspect, James Rackover, the recently adopted son of a prominent Manhattan jeweler, then panicked about going back to jail, and said "we have to kill him" before stabbing Comunale and trying to dismember his body in a bathtub.

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

Days later, Comunale's body was found in a shallow grave in Oceanport, where the third suspect, Max Gemma, who's accused of helping cover up the crime, is from.

"Based on what they've said in court, it appears to be, they believe he was present," says attorney Mark Bederow. "Then, at some point, changed clothes."

Gemma's attorney wants his charges dropped.

"They waited nine days to seek a search warrant, even though they were alleging that all the people involved were destroying evidence," says Bederow.

So far, police have not charged any of the men with murder, but they are all facing other charges.

Prosecutors are still trying to prove who actually killed Comunale.

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