GENESEO — A Livingston County Jury has found Danielle Allen guilty of Manslaughter in the 2nd Degree.
Allen was convicted after admittedly stabbing her boyfriend at the time, Marcus Postell, to death in what she claimed was in self-defense.
“Marcus and his family deserved a fair trial, and this verdict,” said Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey. “If someone commits a crime regardless of who they are I will prosecute them to the full extent of the law.”
Allen was represented by renown Buffalo Defense Attorneys Joel Daniels and Cheryl Myers-Buth.
Daniels and Myers-Buth challenged the charges presented by Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffery and Assistant District Attorney Ashley Weiss stating that it was purely self defense after Postell attacked her.
The trial, lasted 8 days total including jury selection, with Defense and Prosecution telling two different accounts of what happened the night of the fatal stabbing.
Allen’s version is that she was fighting for her life, while prosecutors presented a case that supports that fight was a fabrication fueled by alcohol.
After a lengthy deliberation the Jury agreeed with the McCaffrey.
After the announcement emotions poured out from both sides.
“We’re thankful for the love and support that we recieved,” said Marcus’s mother, Loraine Whitehouse. “Right now we’re going to continue our grieving process.”
During the trial the jury heard testimonies from first responders, medical examiners and experts brought in by both the DA and defense attorneys to give their opinions on what happened that night.
The verdict came in on July 19, after over 12 hours of deliberation lasting 2 days.
The guilty verdict carries a potential maximun sentence of 5-15 years in prison.
Judge Wiggins scheduled sentencing for September 25. Allen has been remanded to the custody of the Livingston County Sheriff with no bail.