LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A Grand Jury has indicted the young woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend on Nov. 21, 2016.
Danielle Allen, 21, is indicted on one felony criminal charge: Manslaughter in the Second Degree.
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This is the same charge that the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office filed against Allen in the first days of December 2016. If convicted, she would face up to 5 to 15 years in prison.
The Grand Jury alleges that Allen purposely ignored the risk of death to Marcus Postell, 22, when she allegedly stabbed him in the chest with a knife.
From the first days of the criminal investigation leading up to these charges, much attention has focused on Allen’s family ties. Allen is the daughter of NYS Police Major Richard S. Allen, Troop E Commander. Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty said in the days following the incident and re-iterated at a press conference that New York State Police did not assist in the investigation in any way.
Allen is represented by well-known Buffalo attorney Cheryl Myers-Buth.
On December 2, 2016, York Town Justice Walter Purtell, who has since resigned for unrelated reasons, ordered Allen held in jail on $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond, which was the recommendation of the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office. Purtell said that her parents posted bond that day. She has since been released and will be at liberty when she appears at the Livingston County courthouse.
Allen will be arraigned on this indictment in Livingston County Court before Judge Robert Wiggins.
After arraignment, there will likely be motions and hearings at later court dates. There may also be plea negotiations.
At that point, if the case is still not resolved, it would be scheduled for trial.
Regardless of the path of the case, Allen is presumed innocent unless or until she is proven guilty.