February 16, 2011

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Mother’s boyfriend charged with killing her son

Goshen- Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips announced Wednesday afternoon the indictment of 32-year old Newburgh resident Cory Byrd on multiple charges in the murder of 4-year old Marc Bookal back in December of 2009.

On December 14th back in 2009 Marc Bookal went missing from his home on Benkard Avenue in the City of Newburgh.

In March of 2010 the partially decomposed body of young Marc was found concealed in layers of trash bags and hidden amongst piles of brush.

According to DA Phillips, “As a result of an autopsy it was determined that Marc Bookal died as a result of blunt force trauma and numerous injuries throughout his body and upon his head.”

At the time of Marc’s death it is alleged that Cory Byrd was in charge of
“babysitting” him and Byrd had claimed then that Marc had left the home under his own accord to visit a neighbor, said Phillips.

As of now, Byrd is currently being held in state prison pending trial on charges of:


Intentional Murder in the 2nd Degree
Depraved Indifference Murder in the 2nd Degree
Manslaughter in the 1st Degree
Manslaughter in the 2nd Degree
Two Counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence

Phillips said that the two counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence stem from the fact that Marc’s body was intentionally concealed in trash bags and hidden in the woods as well as a bloody sweatshirt that was found soaking in water.

He noted that it is believed the bloody sweatshirt is indeed physical evidence pertaining to the case, but would not specify whether the blood was that Marc or another.

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