You are reading

Ridgewood Man Convicted of Manslaughter for Fatally Stabbing Roommate in 2016


Feb. 6, 2020 By Allie Griffin

A 29-year-old Ridgewood man was convicted of manslaughter for fatally stabbing his female roommate in 2016, the Queens District Attorney announced today.

Render Stetson-Shanahan, of Stanhope Street, was found guilty of manslaughter in the second  degree following a non-jury bench trial.

Stetson-Shanahan was seen roaming the Ridgewood neighborhood in only his underwear, while carrying a knife shortly before midnight on Sept. 28, 2016, according to the trial testimony.

Police found him back in his bed and bleeding from a self-inflicted wound to his right thigh at his shared apartment on Stanhope Street. In the next room, 26-year-old Carolyn Bush was bleeding profusely from several stab wounds. Stetson-Shanahan had stabbed her multiple times in her neck and torso, according to the testimony.

Bush was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. The puncture wounds had caused massive injuries to her heart and lungs and severed an artery, according to trial testimony.

“This was a horribly disturbing case,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. “The defendant returned to the apartment he shared with his roommate late one night and stabbed her multiple times, causing her death.”

Stetson-Shanahan will be sentenced on March 26 and could face up to 5 to 15 years in prison.

email the author:
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Three muggers sought for punching and robbing an M train rider in Glendale: NYPD

Police from the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood are looking for three muggers who assaulted an M train rider at a Glendale subway station in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 16.

The 42-year-old man was standing on the platform inside the Seneca Avenue subway station just before 3 a.m. when the three strangers approached him and allegedly punched him multiple times in his face while forcibly removing his cell phone before running out of the station onto Palmetto Street, police said. The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

Cyclist sought for endangering the welfare of a child in Richmond Hill: NYPD

Police from the 102nd Precinct in Richmond Hill are looking for a cyclist who rode up alongside a 9-year-old girl and tried to engage her in conversation at around 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 13.

The encounter occurred in the vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 104th Street while the youngster was walking to school. When the man asked the girl to join him on his bike, the girl sensed danger and took off, running to her school where she alerted authorities of the incident.

Man sought for stealing a scooter near a Middle Village fast food restaurant after slugging its rider: NYPD

Police from the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood are looking for a suspect who punched out a 47-year-old man, threatened to shoot him and stole his scooter in Middle Village more than a week ago.

The incident occurred near the Wendy’s restaurant at 61-11 Fresh Pond Rd. at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, when the stranger approached the victim and took his two-wheeled scooter. When the man tried to take his bike back, the assailant punched him and acted like he had a firearm, then fled on the scooter westbound on Eliot Avenue toward Metropolitan Avenue. The victim sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention at the crime scene.