A man arrested in connection with the murder of a Marist father pleaded guilty to his role in the murder and another murder in the Hudson Valley.

On Wednesday, 26-year-old Devin Taylor pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a Poughkeepsie man and pleaded guilty to gun possession in the shooting that killed Marist College father Paul Kutz last October.

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Photo Credit: Google Maps
Photo Credit: Google Maps

On Sunday, Oct. 2, around 7:30 a.m., the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department received a 911 call of a disturbance at the Courtyard Marriott located at 2641 South Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

During the phone call, it was reported that shots had been fired.

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A few months before the Marist shooting Taylor murdered 28-year-old Darren Villani of the City of Poughkeepsie.


On August 9, 2022, at 1:44 a.m., the City of Poughkeepsie 911 received calls about a shooting at 283 Mansion Street.  Charles B. Warring Elementary School is located at 283 Mansion Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, according to Google Maps.

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Responding officers found Villani laying in the street next to his vehicle. He was taken to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital where he died of his wounds, police say.


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On Feb. 1, 2023, Taylor was arraigned in Dutchess County Court on a Grand Jury indictment charging him with murder in the second degree for killing Villani in August 2022.

“This indictment is a product of an ongoing City of Poughkeepsie Police investigation which developed additional evidence that allowed this matter to be presented to a Grand Jury. The Grand Jury will continue its investigation into this incident to determine if any additional people were involved and should be charged," Dutchess County District Attorney's Office Bureau Chief Robert Knapp said.

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Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced in April, NBC reports. 

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