Grand jury indicts Pine Bush man in murder of Shawangunk man

Suspect in murder taken into custody in Pine Bush in January (c) Mid-Hudson News

KINGSTON – An Ulster County grand jury has indicted Walter Post, Jr., the 26-year-old Pine Bush man for killing 29-year-old Michael Hankins in the Town of Shawangunk on Tuesday, January 11.

It is alleged that in the early morning, Post stalked his ex-girlfriend and her home. Hankins, an acquaintance, was visiting the ex-girlfriend’s home at that time. Post disabled Hankins’ car. Hankins left the premises shortly after 1 a.m. but stopped a short distance away on Vinegar Hill Road in the Ulster County section of Pine Bush. He was shot several times at close range outside his car and was found on the side of the road across from his car.

Later that morning, Post told his mother and others that he had killed someone.

Post surrendered without incident at his home at 190 DuBois Street in the Orange County section of Pine Bush later in the morning when he saw police activity in the area.

He was charged with murder and remanded to the Ulster County Jail.

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