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Posted on: June 9, 2023

Dix Hills Man Convicted of Murder in Stabbing of Elderly Uncle

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70-year-old William Cahoon was found dead in his Levittown home in January 2019 with approximately 16 stab wounds; Defendant David Cahoon faces 25 years to life in prison at sentencing

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly announced that a Dix Hills man was convicted of murder for stabbing his elderly uncle to death in Levittown in 2019.  

David Cahoon, 44, was convicted by a jury yesterday after a trial before Judge Robert Bogle of Murder in the Second Degree (an A-I felony); Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree (a D felony); and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (an E felony).

The jury deliberated for approximately one day before delivering their verdict. The defendant is due back in court for sentencing on July 7, 2023, when he faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.

“William Cahoon was a regular at the Milleridge Inn, and when he stopped coming into the restaurant for several weeks, staff knew something was wrong,” said DA Donnelly. “A wellness check revealed that William had been viciously stabbed repeatedly by his nephew, the defendant, who had also stolen $1800 from the man. David Cahoon’s greed gave way to extreme violence and now he will spend decades in prison paying for the life he took.”

DA Donnelly said that on January 4, 2019, the body of 70-year-old William Cahoon was found by members of the Nassau County Police Department in a back bedroom of his home in Levittown with approximately 16 stab wounds to his head, neck, and chest. 

The officers responded to the home following a request for a wellness check by staff at the Milleridge Inn on the victim. Mr. Cahoon was a regular at the establishment and had dinner there every Friday and Saturday for 25 years. Restaurant staff became concerned about his wellbeing after he didn’t show up for approximately four weeks.

Following an investigation, it was determined the victim was killed on December 3, 2018, by his nephew, David Cahoon. 

Cahoon was arrested by NCPD Detectives on June 19, 2019.

The investigation also revealed the defendant stole $1,800 from the victim by fraudulently cashing a check from the victim’s bank account.

Senior Litigation Counsel Ania Pulaski is prosecuting the case. Michael Soshnick, Esq. represents the defendant.

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