Hempstead Murder Suspect Nabbed in Texas

James Marckesano
James Marckesano was arrested in Texas for a homicide in Hempstead. (NCPD)

A suspect wanted for killing a 28-year-old man in the victim’s hometown of Hempstead has been apprehended in Texas and extradited back to Long Island, Nassau County police said.

James Marckesano, 24, of Hempstead, was arrested in Houston and charged with second-degree murder on Nov. 23. He was extradited on Tuesday.

Homicide Squad detectives said Marckesano killed Victor Benitez, who was found lying on the ground on Clinton Street while suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen at 4:41 a.m. on July 4. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Marckesano will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.