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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Manuel Pinero, Mob Wives pal charged with stabbing man to death, turns himself in: cops


A suspected killer who was photographed with stars from the reality show "Mob Wives" has turned himself in, cops said Thursday.

Manuel "Stax" Pinero, 41, is charged with stabbing Christopher Adames to death outside the Juliet Supper Club in Chelsea early Sunday in a fight over a woman, cops said.

As police launched a manhunt, a photo emerged of Pinero with his arms draped around Karen Gravano and Jennifer Graziano at Mr. Chow's just days before the killing.

Gravano, whose father, Sammy "Bull" Gravano, admitted to 19 slayings for the Gambino crime family, insisted she is not friends with Pinero.

"I know him to be a club promoter," she told the Daily News. "I have no personal relationship with him. He was with people I know at a party to promote a liquor.

"He asked me to take a picture," she said.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly had personally urged the public to come forward with information about Pinero's whereabouts. The suspect surrendered Wednesday, cops said.

Adames, 23, was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital. He had gone alone to the high-end nightspot on W. 21st St. where Jay-Z and Leonardo DiCaprio are among celebrities spotted there in the past.

"He was my only son. He was my everything," said Adames' mother, Marisol De Leon, 43. "They must catch this man."

Adames worked as a security guard at a hospital in Westchester and a barber in Manhattan.


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