Guilty verdict in murder of military vet


POUGHKEEPSIE – A 22-year-old Poughkeepsie resident was convicted on Thursday of murder and a felony weapon charge – a knife – for the stabbing death of 55-year-old military veteran Anthony Gray outside of the victim’s shelter, Liberty Station.  The original story can be read here.


A jury convicted Anthony Jackson Jr. for the October 2020 murder after a two-week trial presided over by Dutchess County Court Judge Jessica Segal.


Dutchess County Assistant District Attorney Bob Knapp, assisted by his colleague Allison Stewart, presented a case that included eyewitness testimony and footage from several area surveillance cameras that were instrumental in convicting Jackson, according to the DA’s office.


The prosecutors argued that Jackson and the victim had an interaction on Main Street in Poughkeepsie, which became confrontational.  Knapp asserted that Jackson followed Gray from Main Street to the shelter and stabbed him at least five times, leaving him to die on the sidewalk near the veteran’s North Clinton Street residence.


Poughkeepsie Police Detective Matt Tatar was the lead investigator who secured the footage from the area cameras showing Jackson following Gray from Main Street to the murder scene.


The jury began deliberations late Wednesday afternoon and resumed on Thursday morning. At approximately 10:30 a.m. the jury returned with guilty verdicts on both charges.


“We are very disappointed in the verdict,” Kasnia said.  “Even after the verdict, my client maintains his innocence and an appeal is very likely.”


Sentencing is scheduled for early December at which time Judge Segal can impose a maximum sentence of 25-years to life in prison.