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Murdered developer Stark’s partner now a possible suspect in slaying

January 07, 2014 12:50PM

The investigation into the grisly murder of Williamsburg developer Menachem Stark has taken a dramatic turn, with his business partner Israel Perlmutter reportedly now considered a possible suspect in the case.

Police investigators are watching Perlmutter’s activities closely, a police source told the New York Daily News, because they are convinced he has been lying to them about Stark and has been using a Russian businessman as a scapegoat.

Detectives told the News that they believe Stark was squashed to death. “It might be that they sat on him to get him under control and that they wound up killing him that way,” a police source told the newspaper.

As the search for Stark’s killers continues, members of the real estate community are speaking out, illuminating a complex image of the late developer, as The Real Deal reported. [NYDN]Hiten Samtani