2 men face murder charges in NYC death of Connecticut man found buried in New Jersey

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NEW YORK -

Two men are finally facing murder charges in the death of a Connecticut man whose body was found buried in Monmouth County.

James Rackover, of Manhattan, and Lawrence Dilione, of Jersey City, appeared in New York court on Wednesday after being indicted for the murder of 26-year-old Joseph Comunale.

Rackover owned the East Side apartment where authorities say the Stamford man was fatally stabbed in November after attending a party. Authorities say the two drove Comunale's body to Oceanport, where they buried it.

Both deny any wrongdoing. The pair had earlier pleaded not guilty to concealment of a human body, hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.

A third person, 26-year-old Oceanport resident Max Gemma, has pleaded not guilty to charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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