Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of JOSEPH DANCLAIR, 37, for murdering 43-year-old Antoinette Marin in a midtown hotel room last month. DANCLAIR is charged in a New York Supreme Court indictment with one count of Murder in the Second Degree.
“We will seek justice for Ms. Marin, as well as her four children and loved ones, for her brutal murder,” said District Attorney Vance.
According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, at approximately 4 a.m. on September 8, 2015, DANCLAIR checked into a West 38th Street hotel room with 43-year-old Antoinette Marin, whom he had first met a few days earlier. DANCLAIR allegedly choked Ms. Marin before he left the hotel at approximately 2 p.m. that afternoon. A hotel clerk discovered the victim’s body lying facedown on the room’s bed hours after DANCLAIR’s departure.
Assistant District Attorney Maxine Rosenthal is handling the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kerry O’Connell, Chief of Trial Bureau 80, and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division.
District Attorney Vance thanked NYPD Detectives Matthew Forger of the Midtown South Precinct, and Jose Flores of the Manhattan South Homicide Squad.
JOSEPH DANCLAIR, D.O.B. 10/19/1978
- Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, one count
 The charge contained in the indictment is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.