On Monday, February 8, 2016, Kira Kastenhuber, 38, of Hope Street in Perry, was charged with Murder in the Second Degree for the alleged intentional death of Desirae Withey, 33, of Borden Avenue, Perry.
This charge stems from an alleged incident that occurred on or about February 6, 2016 at 84 Borden Avenue in the Village of Perry. It is alleged that Kira Kastenhuber entered the victim’s residence as part of a preconceived plan to disable and then intentionally kill the victim. On Saturday morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. a 911 call was made by a neighbor after one of the victim’s children had sought out the neighbor’s assistance. At that point members of the Perry Police Department arrived at the Borden Avenue residence. Upon arriving and surveying the scene, calls were made to the New York State Police, Wyoming County Child Protective Services, and the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office for assistance.
On Sunday, February 7, 2016, during the late morning hours law enforcement responded to a 911 call for a potential overdose of Ms. Kastenhuber. She was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital and released on Monday, February 8, 2016 at approximately 5:00 p.m. At that time she was taken into custody, processed and then arraigned in the Warsaw* Village Court by the Village Justice Michael Hyjek. She was committed to jail without bail and a felony hearing was scheduled for Friday, February 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Warsaw Village Court which is located at the Warsaw Town Hall on Center Street in the village of Warsaw.
Also, on Sunday, February 7, 2016 the Monroe County Medical examiner’s office performed an autopsy and issued a preliminary report. That report states that the manner of death is a homicide with the cause of death by asphyxiation and multiple injuries to the victim.
“This investigation is continuing and we are asking for any information that the public may have to assist the investigating agencies with this case. If anyone has any information please contact the state police at 585-786-5152 no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. Beyond this press release there will no further comment, interviews or release of any other information regarding this case either from my office or the members of law enforcement. At this time we ask that the family of Ms. Withey be given time to grieve the loss of their family member. Our condolences go out to her parents, children, friends and family,” said Donald O’Geen, Wyoming County District Attorney.
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