Saugerties man indicted for murder of woman

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KINGSTON – A 49-year-old Saugerties man has been indicted by an Ulster County grand jury for murder in connection with the death of a woman in the Town of Ulster.

Johnny Amaro is charged with stabbing Maria L. Lemus, known to family and friends as Lucy, to death in a wooded trail on Eastern Parkway some time between 6:42 a.m. and 7:32 a.m. on September 1.

Amaro was located on the railing of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and after being brought to safety by first responders, made statements to police about where the victim could be found. She was found dead at 8:23 a.m. with stab wounds to her chest and deep lacerations to her neck.

A news release from the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office did not reveal a motive for the killing.

Town of Ulster Police were assisted in the investigation by the Ulster County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s Offices, and the State Police.