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Nicholas Kiriakakis found not guilty of killing Jonathan Beneduce, Michael Mirasola

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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 3:42 pm | Updated: 10:38 am, Wed Dec 19, 2012.

A former Bayside nightclub owner was found not guilty Friday of killing two men from South Queens nearly three years ago in what prosecutors said was a drug-related case, multiple media outlets report.

The defendant, Nicholas Kiriakakis, 25, a part owner and manager of the old Pearl Nightlife bar and restaurant on Bell Boulevard, was found guilty on the lesser charges of conspiracy to sell cocaine and hindering apprehension by lying to police, the reports said.

Kiriakakis had been charged with killing Jonathan Beneduce, 28, who grew up in Howard Beach and Ozone Park, and Michael Mirasola, 27, of Ozone Park on Feb. 17, 2010 in Teaneck, NJ.

The trio had driven there in two separate vehicles, Kiriakakis' Mercedes-Benz and Beneduce's Ford Explorer. According to the NorthJersey.com news website, they stopped on a street named Oakdene Avenue. Kiriakakis was alleged to have gotten out of his car, climbed into the back of the Explorer and executed his victims with a gun.

The reason, according to the prosecution, was that he had taken tens of thousands of dollars from the victims to buy cocaine but hadn't gotten the deal done, and then decided to kill his investors.

The prosecution had evidence putting Kiriakakis at the scene of the shootings. But the defense argued that the murders must have been the work of a professional hit man, that all three were in over their heads and that Beneduce had felt threatened by a third party.

Kiriakakis was also found not-guilty of possessing a 9-mm. handgun like the one that killed the victims. 

The jury, seated in Hackensack Superior Court, returned its verdicts after less than a day of deliberating, according to NorthJersey.com. Kiriakakis is due to be scheduled Jan. 25 and could get up to 10 years in prison.

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  • williamvincent posted at 7:46 am on Sun, Apr 28, 2013.

    williamvincent Posts: 2

    I met nick many times . 1 one of the nicest people i ever met. He is a nice caring person. wish him all the best. Glad to see he was found not guilty . bad situations happen to the best of em. Nick keep your head up and god bless you

     
  • williamvincent posted at 7:41 am on Sun, Apr 28, 2013.

    williamvincent Posts: 2

    I met nick many times he is a nice caring guy. glad to see he was found not guilty ..and i wish him all the best.. bad situations come to the best of em. keep your head up nick god bless you.

     
  • NICK posted at 10:26 pm on Sun, Jan 13, 2013.

    NICK Posts: 0

    HAHAHAHAHAHA YOU IDIOTIC AND ALWAYS PURSUING OTHERS BCPO. YOU WANTED TO PLAY WITH # 13 AND ROULETTE AND SUCH AND SUCH EHHHHHHH??? HAHAHAHA ITS ALREADY THERE AND LIKEWISE 2013 IS THERE TOO. YOU LOST THE CASE LIKE EVERY OTHER CASE BEFORE IT, ISN'T IT??????? NOT ONLY THAT BUT YOUR CONSTANT PLAY TO THROW EVIDENCE AGAINST DEFENDANTS, EMPLOY COMPUTERS AND SUCH AND STALK DEFENDANTS IN ORDER TO WRONGLY ACCUSE THEM AND MUCH OTHER STUPID STUFF HAS COME BACK TO HUNT YOU, ISN'T IT ??? YOU SMELL FROM THE BOTTOM UP YOU LITTLE DIRTY BCPO HAHAHAHA ISN'T IT??? NOW MAKE SURE YOU GIVE THAT PEACE OF GARBAGE MURDERER AND COCAINE DEALER A GOOD 10 YEAR SENTENCE AND TRY HIM AGAIN ON A RETRIAL, CAUSE IF YOU DON'T YOU WILL LOOK MORE OF A JOKE AND LOSER BCPO BAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! "WHAT HAPPENS IN JERSEY STAYS IN JERSEY!!!!!!!!" TAKEN FROM JERSEY SHORE AND GREEK CONSPIRACIES HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! KIRIAKAKIS ??? NO EGGS ??? HAHAHAHA YOU ROTTEN ALL HAHA. YOU CORRUPT. HE WAS AN ACCESSORY TO MURDER YOU FUCKEN STUPID, CAN'T YOU SEE THAT, IN FACT HE WAS THE REAL KILLER AND IF HE ISN'T THE KILLER "THEN YOU ARE THE KILLERS". NOW IF JAIL TAKES PLACE EVEN FOR SHORT TIME MAY BE HE HELPS BCPO IN OTHER CASES RIGHT??? WELL LETS YOUUUU JUST DON'T ASSUME, LET'S INFORM THESE OTHERS IN JAIL TO BE CAREFUL OF ALL THESE PRACTICES AND ROTTEN DIRTY IDEAS OF BCPO!!!! With Regards, Nova Talent

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