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2 arrested in death of man at NYC party face lesser charges

  • This photo shows the Grand Sutton apartment tower Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, in New York. Authorities are investigating the disappearance of Joseph "Joey" Comunale who attended a party at the luxury building in Manhattan over the weekend. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    This photo shows the Grand Sutton apartment tower Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, in New York. Authorities are investigating the disappearance of Joseph "Joey" Comunale who attended a party at the luxury building in Manhattan over the weekend. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)  (The Associated Press)

  • ADDS TO CLARIFY THE REPORT IN CAPTION - A woman, who police identified as a friend of the victim, is consoled by another woman on the long driveway that leads to the rear of Foggia Florist in Oceanport, N.J., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Police believe a body discovered in the New Jersey city is that of a Connecticut man who went missing after attending a party at a luxury apartment building in New York City over the weekend. Joseph Comunale, of Stamford, Conn., was last seen entering the Grand Sutton building in Manhattan on Sunday morning. (Thomas P. Costello/The Asbury Park Press via AP)

    ADDS TO CLARIFY THE REPORT IN CAPTION - A woman, who police identified as a friend of the victim, is consoled by another woman on the long driveway that leads to the rear of Foggia Florist in Oceanport, N.J., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Police believe a body discovered in the New Jersey city is that of a Connecticut man who went missing after attending a party at a luxury apartment building in New York City over the weekend. Joseph Comunale, of Stamford, Conn., was last seen entering the Grand Sutton building in Manhattan on Sunday morning. (Thomas P. Costello/The Asbury Park Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • ADDS TO CLARIFY THE REPORT IN CAPTION - Oceanport police control access on the long driveway that leads to the rear of Foggia Florist in Oceanport, N.J., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Police believe a body discovered in the New Jersey city is that of a Connecticut man who went missing after attending a party at a luxury apartment building in New York City over the weekend. Joseph Comunale, of Stamford, Conn., was last seen entering the Grand Sutton building in Manhattan on Sunday morning. (Thomas P. Costello/The Asbury Park Press via AP)

    ADDS TO CLARIFY THE REPORT IN CAPTION - Oceanport police control access on the long driveway that leads to the rear of Foggia Florist in Oceanport, N.J., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Police believe a body discovered in the New Jersey city is that of a Connecticut man who went missing after attending a party at a luxury apartment building in New York City over the weekend. Joseph Comunale, of Stamford, Conn., was last seen entering the Grand Sutton building in Manhattan on Sunday morning. (Thomas P. Costello/The Asbury Park Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Two men arrested in the stabbing death of a Connecticut man who had attended a party at a luxury apartment in New York City are now charged with concealing a corpse and hindering prosecution.

James Rackover, of New York City, and Lawrence Dilione, of Jersey City, New Jersey, were arrested on charges that initially included murder. They were arraigned only on the lesser charges.

Nonetheless, during the hearing late Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Antoinette Carter alleged that "one or both of these people committed a murder."

Authorities found a body in Oceanport, New Jersey, on Wednesday while investigating the disappearance of Joseph Comunale (kahm-yoo-NAHL'-ee), of Stamford.

Rackover's lawyer says the case has "serious problems" and will be "vigorously" contested.

Dilione's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.