Three years after completing a 24-year prison term for a New Rochelle murder, 55-year-old Reginald Powel was arraigned today in the murder of Mamaroneck mother of two, Jennifer Katz. Powell’s attorney pleaded no guilty.
He was indicted last Thursday on nine counts, including murder and burglary. His next court appearance will be July 13. The judge did not permit photographs today in the Courtroom.
For the first time it is revealed that Powell made reference to a body in Katz’s home when he was questioned by police.
Powell was arrested Dec. 30 after being pulled over for a traffic violation in Manhattan. After tracing the SUV he was driving to Katz, and finding jewelry and heroin in the car, police discovered her body in a closet in her Baldwin Place home in Mamaroneck Village. One of Powell’s brothers, a Village sanitation worker, had lived with the victim for two years. Another brother is Bishop of the Straight Gate Church in the Village, and helped win his release from jail for the first crime.
This is the official release from the Westchester District Attorney’s Office:
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Reginald Powell (DOB 03/12/56) of 392 North Street, White Plains, New York, was arraigned today on a nine count indictment charging him with:
- one count of Murder in the First Degree, a class “A” Felony,
- one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class “A” Felony,
- one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class “B” Felony,
- one count of Burglary in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
- two counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, class “D” Felonies,
- two counts of Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, class “D” Felonies,
- one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor,
relating to death of Jennifer Katz in December, 2010.
On December 30, 2010 about 9:20 p.m. the defendant was stopped for making an illegal left hand turn in Central Harlem by an NYPD officer. The defendant exited the car, ran and was arrested after a brief foot pursuit. At the time, the defendant was driving the victim’s SUV and was in possession of four rings that belonged to the victim. The police also found narcotics on his person and in the vehicle.
At the precinct, the defendant made reference to a body in a home in the Village of Mamaroneck. The NYPD contacted the Village of Mamaroneck Police Department. Shortly thereafter, Jennifer Katz’ body was discovered.
Detectives from the Mamaroneck police department responded to the precinct in Manhattan at which point a comprehensive investigation commenced.
On June 16th 2011, a Westchester County grand jury handed up the nine count indictment against the defendant.
The defendant continues his remand at the County Jail.
His next court appearance will be on July 13th, 2011.
The defendant faces life in state prison without parole on the top count of the indictment.
Assistant District Attorney Timothy Ward, Chief of Career Criminal Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lopez, Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau are prosecuting the case.