LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Danielle Allen pled not guilty at her first appearance in Livingston County Court to face one criminal charge, felony Manslaughter in the Second Degree.
Allen, 21, appeared in court alongside her two attorneys, Cheryl Myers-Buth and Joel Daniels, both of whom are highly respected Buffalo criminal defense attorneys.
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“We do enter a plea of not guilty on behalf of Ms. Allen,” said Daniels. “We request a reasonable time in which to file motions.”
A Grand Jury indicted Allen for manslaughter, alleging that she purposely ignored the risk of death to her boyfriend, Marcus Postell, 22, when she allegedly stabbed him in the chest with a knife.
Allen’s father, Major Rick Allen of State Police Troop E, walked her to and from court. Much attention has focused on Allen’s family ties since this case began on Nov. 21. 2016. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation and arrest. Sheriff Thomas Dougherty said during the investigation and at the time of the arrest that State Police have played no role in this investigation.
“You know, we all look for the successful prosecution of the…the person who killed our loved one and that’s about all we can do at this point,” said a family member of Postell.
If convicted, Allen would face a maximum of 5 to 15 years in prison.
Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey appeared in court as prosecutor. He recommended that Allen’s bail remain at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond. Judge Robert Wiggins did so.
“Ms. Allen was arraigned in York justice court. Bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 secured bond,” said McCaffrey. “She has posted bail and been released. Seeing as she has no criminal record and appears here voluntarily with counsel, we are asking that bail continue.”
She left the courthouse with her parents to return at a later date for the argument of motions.
In a possibly unprecedented decision for a Livingston County Court Judge, Judge Robert Wiggins allowed the media to take photos and video inside the courtroom for this court appearance with the stipulation that no audio be recorded.