Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of MICHAEL KENNY, 42, for the March 10, 2011, killing of his wife at the hair salon where she worked, near Herald Square. KENNY is charged with Murder in the Second Degree, Aggravated Criminal Contempt, and Petit Larceny.[1] The indictment alleges that KENNY intentionally murdered his victim.

“This defendant, now indicted for murder, is a violent predicate felon with a history of domestic violence incidents,” said District Attorney Vance. “Domestic violence is a criminal justice and public health crisis, and this case sadly underscores how quickly the relationship between abuser and victim can turn deadly. Prosecutors need better and stronger laws for dealing with domestic violence offenders, and victims need to know that there are ways to end the cycle of abuse and control. I would like to encourage all victims, especially those who are fearful of coming forward, to call our Office’s Domestic Violence Hotline at 212-335-4308.”

Today’s indictment accuses KENNY of murdering his wife, Denise Kenny, at D’Galinas Salon on West 35th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. According to documents filed in court, KENNY stabbed her multiple times with a knife with a 9-inch blade inside a bathroom at the salon. He then knocked over the cash register, stole approximately $800 in cash, and fled to Brooklyn, where he stole a van from his employer. KENNY then drove to Maryland, where he was spotted a day later by law enforcement authorities in Anne Arundel County. KENNY led the police on a 5-mile motor vehicle chase before being apprehended. He was extradited to New York on March 17.

The victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York ruled that the cause of death was stab wounds to the torso and extremities, and the manner of death was homicide.

According to documents filed in court, KENNY has prior convictions for threatening and assaulting his wife and for violating orders of protection.

Assistant District Attorney Linda Ford, Senior Trial Counsel in Trial Bureau 50, is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Warren Murray, Chief of Trial Bureau 50, and Executive Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, Chief of the Trial Division.

Defendant Information:

MICHAEL KENNY, D.O.B. 5/31/1968
Brooklyn, New York


* Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, one count
* Aggravated Criminal Contempt, a class D felony, one count
* Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor, one count

A class A felony is punishable by up to life in prison, a class D felony is punishable by up to 7 years in prison, and a class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail.

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.