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Guilty verdicts in Schenectady murder-for-hire case

Guilty verdicts in Schenectady murder-for-hire case

Man accused of hiring duo to kill Schenectady resident is awaiting trial
Guilty verdicts in Schenectady murder-for-hire case
Kyshaan Moore, far left and Joevany "Moon" Luna, far right, listen as the verdict is read Thursday.
Photographer: Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY -- A hitman and his driver are facing up to life in prison after being found guilty Thursday of murdering a Schenectady man.

The jury found Joevany Luna guilty of first-degree murder for the November 2016 shooting death of Charles Dembrosky outside Dembrosky’s Bellevue residence. He faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The jury also found Kyshaan Moore guilty of second-degree murder for driving Luna to Schenectady from Delaware so Luna could kill Dembrosky. Both Luna. 43, and Moore, 26, are from Delaware.

Moore faces up to 25 years to life in prison. Moore and Luna are to be sentenced in July.

The man who allegedly hired Luna for the deed, Schenectady resident Tarchand Lall, is awaiting trial on his own first-degree murder charge.

As shown at Luna and Moore's trial, investigators zeroed in on the suspects through a blend of technology and more conventional police work. 

Evidence from cellphone tower records, license plate readers, street surveillance cameras and wire taps provided a digital record of the crime being planned and executed. The suspects' actions as police closed in also helped convict them.

"This was a really amazing investigation here by the Schenectady Police and the state police," Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said after Thursday's verdict. "To go from a guy shot to death for no obvious or known reason to where we got, because of the technology, basically ... We used all the resources and the technologies at our disposal."

Peter Willis and Jennifer Assini prosecuted the case for Carney's office.

Lall, Luna and Moore were accused of conspiring to kill Dembrosky early on the morning of Nov. 19, 2016, outside Dembrosky's 2436 Campbell Ave. residence in Schenectady. 

The motive, according to prosecutors, was a life insurance policy Lall had taken out on Dembrosky.

Prosecutors have said Lall, 53, faced significant personal financial problems. Dembrosky had done work for Lall. They argued that Lall met Luna through a mutual acquaintance and hired him for the murder.

Lall's trial is scheduled to begin later this month, but the addition of another charge this week is expected to delay that, Carney said Thursday.

A grand jury indicted Lall on the new charge of second-degree criminal solicitation, a felony, for allegedly trying to arrange -- while in jail on charges related to Dembrosky's death --the murder of another person for insurance money, according to Carney.

He did not offer further information, other than to note that the criminal solicitation count indicates the plot never got beyond the initiation stage and the alleged intended victim was not harmed, Carney said.

The jury foreperson on Thursday first read the verdict against Moore and then the verdict for Luna. The packed courtroom remained silent throughout.

Moore was found not guilty of the top count against him: first-degree murder. The jury convicted him of second-degree murder.

Moore's attorney, Michael Mansion, said he sees the verdict as an indicating the jury did not believe Moore received financial gain from the killing. Prosecutors contended Lall stood to gain $150,000 from the insurance policy and paid Luna $10,000. There was no evidence of how though much Moore may have received, Willis argued there didn't have to be.

Luna's attorney, Mark Juda, said his client is disappointed in the verdict. An appeal was expected. Mansion said the same for Moore.

The investigation, Carney said, would not have been possible at the start of his nearly 30-year tenure as DA.

Investigators would have found Lall through the insurance policy, Carney said, but to get to Luna and Moore in Delaware was something made possible only through modern technology.

"It's a testament to modern methods of criminal investigation," Carney said.

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