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Former Wyandanch man indicted in slaying of roommate

A former Wyandanch man stabbed his roommate last summer after a dispute over a cell phone, then fled to Georgia after leaving the man to die, a Suffolk prosecutor said Thursday in County Court in Riverhead.

Ras Amadi Davis, 22, of Atlanta, was indicted on second-degree murder charges in the Aug. 23 death of Jodel Damus, 26. Davis was picked up Wednesday in Georgia by Suffolk police and the U.S. Marshals Service and brought to Long Island to face charges, Suffolk police said.

Davis was to be arraigned Thursday before State Supreme Court Justice Robert W. Doyle in Riverhead. But his arraignment was adjourned until Monday because Davis did not have legal representation.

Davis and Damus, who lived in a boardinghouse at 31 Beech St. in Wyandanch, had an ongoing conflict over a cell phone Davis believed Damus had taken from him, Assistant District Attorney Nancy Clifford said outside court.

While Damus slept, Davis stabbed him seven times, she said. Witnesses saw Davis flee the boardinghouse with a knife that was dripping blood, she said.

Davis, whose street name is "Maserati," had taken the knife from a supermarket where he worked in the deli department, she said. After stabbing Damus, he returned to the supermarket and told co-workers what had happened and then fled to Georgia, Clifford said.

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