WHITE PLAINS – A Mount Vernon man was convicted of murder in the first jury trial in Westchester County Court since last fall when jury trials were suspended for a second time because of COVID-19.
Savion Kirton, 27, was found guilty of the June 2019 stabbing death of Jermial Rose, who had been stabbed in the neck.
The jury deliberated for 90 minutes before coming back with the verdict on April 21.
A short time before the killing, Kirton’s girlfriend was in a local store in Mount Vernon when Rose brushed up against her. She returned to her apartment and told Kirton what happened. Armed with a folding knife, Kirton went back to the store and confronted Rose on the sidewalk outside the business.
Security camera video captured Kirton at the scene, where he stabbed Rose in the left side of the neck with enough force that the knife crossed his throat and severed his right carotid artery.
The knife, with Rose’s DNA, was later located at Kirton’s girlfriend’s apartment.
When sentenced in May, Kirton faces 15 years to life in prison.
District Attorney Miriam Rocah called the attack “a brutal and senseless crime.”