Domestic Violence Awareness: Broome DA says man faces murder charge after released


(Buffalo, NY) – During Domestic Violence Awareness Week, Broome County District Attorney Michael Korchak spoke out, again, on the deadly impact of New York’s so-called Bail Reform. “The mandatory release of Defendants with violent histories endangers the community and fails to protect the rights of crime victims,” said Korchak.

Michael Korchak

For example: Adam Bennefield, of Buffalo, is wanted for the murder of Keaira Hudson on October 5. The previous day, police said Bennefield was arrested for domestic assault and unlawful imprisonment, but due to New York’s bail reform, he was automatically released from custody.

Within hours, Keaira was shot to death in front of her children.

In 2000, Bennefield was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a violent armed kidnapping and escape conviction.  New York is the only State that does not permit Judges to consider dangerousness when deciding bail.