Update (Nov. 1): The felony complaint in Friday’s killing in downtown Ithaca shows that alleged killer Jeremiah Jordan admitted to stabbing victim Michael Monroe that night, but does not provide many further details of the crime.

Circumstances of the incident remain unclear, though. Jordan is expected to have a court appearance later this week in relation to the charges. Jordan currently faces second-degree murder charges.

According to the felony complaint, Jordan made his admission to stabbing Monroe in the neck on Oct. 29 around 5:25 p.m. at Ithaca Police headquarters, about a day and a half after the crime was initially committed and reported (around 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 28).

The lack of details could lead to months of uncertainty until trial begins, similar to what has played out in the murder case of William Marshall, accused of killing Alan Godfrey in July 2021. That trial has been pushed back to January 2023, but so far the only details of the crime made available by authorities have come through Marshall’s other criminal cases, leaving the public to wonder what led to Godfrey’s killing.

Original Story (Oct. 30):

ITHACA, N.Y.—The victim of the homicide that occurred on October 28 has been identified as 38-year-old Michael Monroe of Ithaca.

Ithaca Police Investigators arrested and charged 39-year-old Jeremiah L. Jordan of Ithaca with murder in the second degree, and he was arraigned in Ithaca City Court before Judge Seth Peacock before being remanded to the Tompkins County Jail.

IPD thanks the New York State Police and Tompkins County Sheriff for their assistance in the case, and requests that anyone with additional information on the incident contact IPD at (607)330-0000 or www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be reached at zhessler@ithacavoice.com...

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com