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January 1, 2013

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He said his father told him not to file a missing-person’s report.

State Police investigators found human remains, later identified as the missing man, buried behind the house, and D.J. was arrested.

Prosecutors said Dale Sr. pulled a gun on D.J. as the two argued about the volume of a video game the younger man was playing. D.J., a continual victim of his father’s alleged abuse, admitted that he picked up a sledgehammer and struck his father in the head, killing him instantly.

The younger man hid the body in a crawl space under the house, built a makeshift casket to hold it, and buried it with a backhoe during mild weather, police officials said.

D.J. began serving a 15-year sentence for first-degree manslaughter in November.

— By Staff Writer Denise Raymo


The body of Robert Rennie was found at 6 a.m. Aug. 26 near the closed iron footbridge on River Street in Keeseville.

The father of two young girls died of internal injuries that police said were inflicted by steel-toed boots and sneakers.

The three men charged in the gang-assault death of Robert Rennie of Keeseville are scheduled to appear in Essex County Court at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 10.

Paul J. Taylor, 39, is charged with second-degree murder, a felony, as well as gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Michael D. Rivers, 36, and Scott E. Denno, 19, face charges of manslaughter, gang assault and felony possession of a deadly weapon.

The three Keeseville men, indicted by a grand jury, pleaded not guilty on Oct. 16.

“It’s all pending (court action) at this point,” State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Senior Investigator John Donohue said recently.

Taylor remains in the Essex County Jail without bail. Rivers and Denno are also incarcerated there, in lieu of $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond for each of them.

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