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Former Employee Indicted for Murder of Loan Officers, Prosecutors Say

By Nicholas Rizzi | February 22, 2017 6:24pm

STATEN ISLAND — A man accused of shooting two former colleagues at a Staten Island loan business was indicted for their murders on Wednesday.

Ricky Dennis, 32, was hit with six charges for the Jan. 24 killing of Michael Genovese, 57, and Carl Clark, 52, inside Universal Merchant Funding in Dongan Hills, prosecutors said.

"The defendant in this case is charged with savagely gunning down two people in cold blood," District Attorney Michael McMahon said in a statement.

"My prosecutors and I will work tirelessly to ensure justice for both the victims of this heinous crime and their loved ones and keep Staten Islanders safe."  

Dennis, an ex-con who worked for Universal Merchant Funding until he left under "acrimonious circumstances," walked into the business' back office at 124 Buel Ave. on Jan. 24 covering his face with an umbrella and mask, officials said.

He grabbed another man and brought him inside the office then fired three shots each at Genovese and Clark, police said.

The two men were pronounced dead at the scene.

Dennis had been on parole since September after he was released from prison for using a gun during a violent crime. He has been held for violating that parole since Jan. 25, officials said.

He told his parole officer that he didn't own a gray Honda Accord that was spotted crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge about 15 minutes after the murder, despite video showing him inside, according to a letter filed by federal prosecutors.

He was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon at his arraignment, the Staten Island District Attorney's office said.

He was held without bail and pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to online court records.

His lawyer, Thomas Reilly, declined to comment for the story.