WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A 53-year-old man from Mount Vernon is facing life in prison after being indicted for his potential involvement in the beating death of his roommate with canes.
On Tuesday, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino announced that Clifford Ali has been arraigned on an indictment that includes a second-degree murder charge and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, misdemeanors.
According to Scarpino, on Nov. 21 last year, Mount Vernon police received an emergency 911 call from Ali, who told detectives that a man he identified as his “father” had been beaten up on the street. Upon arrival at their South Fifth Avenue apartment, officers discovered the lifeless body of Ali’s victim. Police said that he was naked, uncovered and appeared to be severely beaten.
The subsequent investigation determined that Ali was not related to the victim, but they were roommates, Scarpino added. Police noted that Ali had blood on his hands, and there were three canes recovered inside the apartment that also had blood on them. There was also blood spatter on the wall where the victim was discovered.
The Medical Examiner ruled that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the body. The victim had a fractured humerus and multiple hemorrhages. The ME reported that he suffered as many as 20 wounds to his body.
Ali pleaded not guilty to the charges. He remains remanded to the Westchester County Jail. He is due back in court on Tuesday, March 21, when he will face 25 years to life in prison.