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Woman Extradited To Stand Trial In Mount Vernon Man's Death

Balram Maharaj of Mount Vernon was shot to death in his native country of Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. officials said.
Balram Maharaj of Mount Vernon was shot to death in his native country of Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. officials said. Photo Credit: Courtesy U.S. Dept. of Justice

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – A woman accused of organizing the kidnapping and killing of a Mount Vernon man while he was visiting the Caribbean was extradited from Trinidad and Tobago to face trial in the United States, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Doreen Alexander, 47, is accused of organizing the kidnapping of her boyfriend Balram Maharaj, a 62-year-old Army veteran from Mount Vernon, in 2005 while he was visiting his native country, the U.S. Justice Department said. Alexander arranged to have Maharaj kidnapped from a bar, but when the plan fell apart he was shot to death, federal officials said. Maharaj was the father of one of Alexander’s sons, officials said.

Alexander was charged Monday in a two-count indictment for aiding the plot. If convicted, Alexander would face a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Another 12 co-conspirators believed to be involved in the incident were previously extradited and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, leaving Alexander as the last to be charged.

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