Allen Manslaughter Case Moves Slowly but Surely Toward County Court

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Danielle Allen’s manslaughter case is moving slowly but may be heard in Livingston County Court.

Allen, 21, currently stands accused of one crime, felony Manslaughter in the Second Degree, based on allegations that she stabbed and killed her boyfriend, Marcus Postell, 22, on Nov. 21, 2016.

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Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey said that his office is ‘still awaiting additional reports.’

In 2016, higher courts transferred the case from York Town Court to Caledonia Town Court after now former Judge Walter Purtell closed Allen’s arraignment to all media.

The case has been divested from Caledonia Town Court to Livingston County Court. There are no further appearances scheduled in Caledonia Town Court.

From here, the District Attorney’s Office will weigh their options. They could seek an Indictment by presenting their evidence to a Grand Jury, which is comprised of 23 Livingston County residents. The Grand Jury might then formally accuse her of her current charge, a different charge or charges, or choose not to charge her at all, which would dismiss the case with no further action.

Allen could choose to skip the Grand Jury presentation and proceed directly to County Court by Superior Court Information (SCI) alleging a charge or set of charges agreed upon with the DA’s Office.

If the Grand Jury does not dismiss the case, Allen is expected to be arraigned in County Court either by Indictment or by SCI. At that point, there would likely be motions and hearings. There may also be plea negotiations.

At that point, if the case is still not resolved, it would be scheduled for trial.

Allen is represented by Buffalo attorney Cheryl Meyers-Buth.

Regardless of the path of the case, Allen is still presumed innocent unless or until she is proven guilty.

Danielle Allen after arraignment in York on Dec. 2, 2016. (Photo/Conrad Baker)