Optimum Customers: Important information about your Newsday digital access and an exclusive offer.

LEARN MORE
TODAY'S PAPER
78° Good Morning
78° Good Morning
NewsRegion/State

Massapequa man indicted in Binghamton student’s fatal stabbing

Michael M. Roque has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of fellow student Joao Souza.

Michael M. Roque is charged with second-degree murder

Michael M. Roque is charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Joao Souza. At right, Roque in custody on April 16. Photo Credit: Broome County Sheriff / WBNG

A Massapequa man has been indicted on a murder charge in the stabbing death of a fellow student at Binghamton University, officials said Wednesday.

Michael M. Roque, 20, was indicted Monday on a charge of second-degree murder and will be arraigned at a later date in Broome County Court, the officials said.

The murder charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years to life in prison.

Roque was arrested last month in the stabbing death of Joao Souza, 19, a freshman engineering student from Brazil, on April 15.

“We absolutely believe this was not a random act,” Broome County District Attorney Stephen Cornwall Jr. said after the arrest.

Neither Cornwall nor police have offered a motive for the slaying.

More news