March 5 2019
An alleged co-conspirator in the Menachem Stark, Hy”d, murder case has pleaded guilty.
Kendall Felix pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy in the second degree and will be sentenced March 27 to between 2-1/3 and seven years in prison.
His brother Erskin Felix, has been charged with murder in the case; jury selection in his trial is expected to begin Monday. Their cousin Kendel Felix was found guilty in September 2016 of second-degree murder and kidnapping. Kendel has not yet been sentenced, as it is believed that he has been cooperating with the prosecution in the case against his cousins.
A fourth man, Irvine Henry, facing charges of conspiracy, hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence, is also believed to be cooperating with prosecutors.
Stark, a real-estate developer, was kidnapped and killed in January 2014. In a confession by Kendel Felix played during his trial, Kendel said he was approached by Erskin, who asked for Kendel’s help in kidnapping Stark – whom both worked for – and forcing him to pay money Erskin said Stark owed him.
According to Kendel’s confession, he drove the minivan, while Erskin held down Stark in the back. They drove to the home of Henry; upon arriving, they realized Stark was no longer breathing.
It is believed that Erskin accidentally suffocated Stark while either sitting on him or covering his face.