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Binghamton Deadly Assault: Pre-Trial Hearing Reveals More Details In Pine Street Homicide

Posted: May 16, 2019 10:48 AM Updated:
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Exactly one year after police found a man dead on a porch on Pine Street in Binghamton, one of two suspects in his death was in Broome County Court for a pre-trial hearing.

Miguel L. Manchion is charged with manslaughter in the death of 51-year-old Lazar Jones. 

Police found Jones dead on the front porch of his 84 Pine Street home. On Thursday, police investigators testified that Manchion admitted to hitting Jones over the head with a glass mug multiple times during a fight.

Binghamton Police Investigator Jena Sacco testified that she spoke with Manchion at Wilson Hospital. Sacco says when she arrived at the hospital, police weren't sure if Manchion was a victim, witness, or suspect. According to Sacco's testimony, it wasn't until Manchion said he "cracked his head" in reference to Jones that police read him his Miranda Rights and placed him under arrest. 


Sacco testified that Manchion admitted to being on molly and cocaine and he "had rapid speech" while being questioned by police. Defense attorneys argue that Manchion was not in a state to answer questions and needed medical attention for this and injuries he may have sustained during the fight with Jones.

Investigator Kevin Miller was also at the hospital with Manchion and testified the defendant told him there was a party at the house the night before and that Jones had insinuated he wanted to have relations with Manchion's girlfriend. This is what allegedly sparked the fight between the two men. 

Police say Manchion told them he passed out "from exhaustion" after fighting with Jones and when he woke up, Jones was not in the room with him anymore. Police found the body on the front porch of the residence on the morning of March 16, 2018.

Senior Assistant Public Defender Jon Rothermel argued that while Manchion wasn't under arrest during preliminary questioning from police, he felt he couldn't leave and had to answer their questions. 

A Broome County Grand Jury handed up the indictment against Manchion in June 2018. He's expected to stand trial on June 10, 2019.

Police also arrested a second suspect, Courtney Baldwin, in March 2018. According to the Broome County District Attorney's Office, Baldwin has not yet been indicted by a grand jury and the case is still pending.