Goshen – Cory Byrd has been indicted on multiple charges in the death and murder of four-year- old Marc Anthony Bookal.
Bookal was reported missing from his Benkard Avenue home in the City of Newburgh on December 14, 2009. According to Cory Byrd, the live in boyfriend of Marc Anthony's mother Christine, Marc Anthony wandered off from his house to allegedly visit a neighbor.
Last March, a body believed to be that of Marc Anthony was found in a wooded lot in a bag. The decomposed body was later identified as that of Marc Anthony Bookal.
Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips said that an autopsy performed on Marc Anthony determined the cause of death to be the result of blunt force trauma and numerous injuries to his body and head.
Byrd had been taken into custody, after initial police questioning, and held for parole violation. He is currently being held in a state prison pending the trial of these charges:
Intentional Murder in the 2nd Degree
Depraved Indifference Murder in the 2nd Degree
Manslaughter in the 1st Degree
Manslaughter in the 2nd Degree
Two Counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence