In the early hours of Jan. 1, 2016, news rocked the Wallkill community when they learned 20-year-old Justin Speights, a firefighter with the Silver Lake Fire District, had been stabbed and killed while trying to break up a fight at a house party.

The Silver Lake Fire District put out a $10,000 reward to anyone who knew information about what went down at the party. No one came forward. Eight months later and some headway is being made.

New York State Police/James Guerci
New York State Police/James Guerci

On Sept. 28,  Robert A. Lemmount of Circleville was arrested according to the New York State Police in Middletown. The 21-year-old  was arrested and charged with Tampering with physical evidence. Through the Speights investigation, police say they determined Lemmount had deleted electronic evidence from his cell phone after Speights was killed.

Lemmount was arraigned  before Town of Crawford Justice Jane P. Harrington. He was then sent to Orange County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

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