SPARROWBUSH - The family of a man accused of murder is trying to clear his name at a grand jury hearing tonight.
David Carlson has been charged with the second-degree murder of Norris Acosta-Sanchez and is being held without bail. His wife, Sarah, insists her husband is not a murderer.
Acosta-Sanchez was on the run from police and wanted in Rockland County for allegedly raping a teenager. He was hiding out for months in a remote bungalow in Sparrowbush.
At some point, Carlson gave him food for doing odd jobs on his farm until Acosta-Sanchez told him about his checkered past. It was then that Carlson notified authorities, according to his wife.
The tip sparked a full-fledged manhunt last Thursday but Acosta-Sanchez got away, swimming across the Rio Reservoir into Sullivan County. The next morning, Acosta-Sanchez returned to the area and came into contact with Carlson near his home along Old Plank Road.
Police say Carlson was planning to call for help but ended up fatally shooting Acosta-Sanchez. Carlson says the shooting was in self-defense.
Carlson’s family has started a website to help cover legal costs and drum up support.