While hundreds of Binghamton University students celebrate graduation and the end of the semester, one student remains in the Broome County Jail without bail after pleaded not guilty to the murder of another student last month.

20 year old Michael Roque appeared in Broome County Court May 17 for his arraignment on a charge of second degree murder in the stabbing death April 15th of freshman Joao Souza.

Roque is accused of stabbing the engineering program student multiple times at Windham Hall dormitory.  He was later arrested nearby in his own dorm room.

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Bob Joseph/ WNBF News

Broome County District Attorney Stephen Cornwell says he can’t comment on details concerning a motive or other aspects of the case at this time.

He did, however, explain that Roque is charged with second degree murder instead of first degree murder since the evidence at this point does not meet the criteria for the greater charge.

Roque is to stand trial in September.

He could be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.


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