NEW JERSEY (FOX 5 NY) - The son of a former aide to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's wife knew the man he is charged with fatally stabbing, according to a prosecutor who told a judge Tuesday that both men were drug dealers.
Khari Noerdlinger, 19, of Edgewater, New Jersey, was arrested at his home Monday morning on aggravated manslaughter and other charges in the death of Savion Lewallen, of Spring Valley, New York. The stabbing occurred around the corner from Noerdlinger's house when a group of five men jumped him, prosecutors said.
Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Danielle Grootenboer said the victim worked for Noerdlinger as a dealer and thought he was owed money.
After the stabbing, Noerdlinger and others "took steps to remove evidence from the vicinity of the altercation," the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release.
Noerdlinger's mother is Rachel Noerdlinger. She is First Lady Chirlane McCray's former chief of staff. She resigned the post in November 2014 after her son was arrested for trespassing and amid scrutiny over her personal life including failing to disclose that she was living with a former convicted criminal.
Authorities charged Khari Noerdlinger with aggravated manslaughter, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and hindering apprehension. A judge set bail at $500,000.
Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said he expects him to be released Tuesday or Wednesday.
Authorities say the teen Noerdlinger stabbed went to Edgewater on Sunday with four New York accomplices to commit armed robbery.
Mirleny Tremols, Kevensky Lubin, Richard Jean-Pierre, and Calim Gaspard are charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery.
With the Associated Press