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Man Arraigned On Murder In Death Of Westchester Teen Run Down On Sidewalk

Joel Thompson, 22
Joel Thompson, 22 Photo Credit: Yonkers Police Department

A 23-year-old man was arraigned on three charges related to the killing of a teenage girl, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced on Wednesday.

Joel Thompson of Yonkers pleaded not guilty and has been remanded into custody.

The charges are as follows: one count of murder in the second degree in the death of 16-year-old Madysen Denman of Yonkers and two counts of attempted murder in the second degree.

It is alleged that on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Yonkers police officers were responding to reports of a dispute at the vicinity of Nepperhan Avenue and Ashburton Avenue when they were advised that a vehicle intentionally drove onto the sidewalk, striking a pedestrian and fleeing the scene.

Upon arrival, police found Denman on the ground in a lifeless state. She was later pronounced dead by EMTs. Two others were uninjured.

Police were given a description of the suspect’s vehicle and, a short time later, Thompson, then 22, was apprehended and taken into custody.

If convicted, Thompson faces a maximum of 25 years to life in state prison on the count of murder in the second degree and a maximum of 25 years in prison for each of the two charges of attempted murder in the second degree. Thompson is scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 28.

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