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Murder suspect hit with 6 new felony charges

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    Carlos Graham is escorted out of the courtroom after his indictment in Greene County Court in Catskill on Tuesday.
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    Carlos Graham and his attorney Shane Zoni in Greene County Court in Catskill on Tuesday.
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    Carlos Graham is indicted in Greene County Court in Catskill on Tuesday.
May 1, 2018 07:31 pm

CATSKILL — The prime suspect charged with murder in last year’s death of Brandyn Dayne Foster received six additional felony counts in court Tuesday, police said.

Sade Knox, 30, and Ashton Adams, 26, both of Catskill, were recently charged with tampering with physical evidence and concealment of a human corpse, both class E felonies; and third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, police said.

Carlos Graham, 31, of Catskill, was charged Feb. 15 with second-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

Graham was additionally charged Tuesday at an indictment hearing in Greene County Court with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony; third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree grand larceny, both class D felonies; concealment of a corpse and two counts of tampering with physical evidence, both class E felonies, Greene County District Attorney Joseph Stanzione said.

Foster was shot in a bedroom of his 124 Tool House Road, Catskill, home in January 2017. Graham, Knox and Adams lifted the floor up to hide Foster’s body in a crawl space, Stanzione said Tuesday.

Graham and Foster were friends who both dated Knox.

“Sade had a relationship with Carlos Graham behind Brandyn’s back,” Stanzione said.

Stanzione would not provide a motive for the suspected killing.

“They poured cement over the body and covered it with dirt and gravel,” the district attorney said. “They assisted in hiding the body.”

The three drove Foster’s Cadillac Escalade to a casino in Connecticut to make it look like Foster drove there and disappeared, Stanzione said.

“They [the defendants] took a taxi back home,” he added.

Knox’s family posted her bail. Adams is being held at the Columbia County Jail, Stanzione said.

Bonnie Steinberg Foster, the alleged victim’s mother, contacted Knox to find out the whereabouts of her son. Knox told Steinberg Foster her son was fine, but was away, Stanzione said.

Knox also told Brandyn’s mother if police found him, he would be in danger, the district attorney said.

“Knox knew Brandyn’s mother contacted the police right away,” Stanzione said. “She [Knox] took advantage of her [Steinberg Foster’s] trust.”

Brandyn’s mother called police to tell them to stop looking for her son, but after some time, she started to distrust Knox, Stanzione said. The police search resumed in February.

“That was a setback for the search for Foster; that’s how devious and deceptive Knox is,” Stanzione said.

Graham pleaded not guilty to all additional charges. Shane Zoni, of Albany, is representing Graham.

Zoni filed a motion for discovery of evidence from the prosecution, Stanzione said.

Foster was first reported missing under suspicious circumstances to Woodstock police Jan. 27, 2017. State police conducted two searches for Foster, also 31, at his home Oct. 13, 2017, and Feb. 6, 2018, when his body was discovered. His death was ruled a homicide.

Graham was sent back to Ulster County Jail without bail following Tuesday’s indictment. Graham is scheduled to appear July 3 in Greene County Court, Stanzione said.

The investigation into Foster’s disappearance took over a year and involved state police, the FBI, Woodstock police, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and the district attorney’s offices of Greene and Ulster counties.

“These guys wouldn’t give up,” Stanzione said. “They were committed to finding Brandyn.”

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