Marist father who kills suspect Roy Johnson has a long rap sheet: the police

The man suspected of fatally shooting an innocent father visiting his child at upstate Marist College has a lengthy criminal record and was denied bail Monday.

Roy Johnson was charged with second-degree murder in Sunday’s slaying, in which the unidentified father was shot and killed during an apparent fight over coffee in the lobby of a Poughkeepsie Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

Johnson was ordered held without bail because of the seriousness of the case — and two existing felonies, police said Monday at a news conference.

The suspect’s alleged partner in crime, Devin Taylor, was also charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. Taylor’s bail was set at $500,000 cash or $1 million bond.

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Suspect Roy Johnson was charged with second-degree murder for Sunday’s killing.
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Police have also withheld the identity of the slain innocent victim, who they said was an innocent bystander amid the bloody mayhem and whose family has asked for privacy.

Both suspects in the case were already known to law enforcement due to prior run-ins, authorities said.

Officials said they would not release additional information about the two suspects’ alleged criminal pasts.

The suspect, Roy Johnson, was ordered held without bail due to the seriousness of the case.

The suspect, Roy Johnson, was ordered held without bail due to the seriousness of the case.


Marist College had parents visiting for family weekend at the time of the murder.

Marist College had parents visiting for family weekend at the time of the murder.


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Suspect Roy Johnson, accused of fatally shooting an innocent father visiting his child at upstate Marist College, has a long rap sheet.


The incident rocked Marist College, which at the time had parents visiting for family weekend.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and we offer the full support of the Marist community. We remain in contact with local authorities and will keep our community informed of any updates,” the school told The Post in a statement.

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