A Brooklyn man accused of the murder of his girlfriend during a domestic violence dispute sobbed apologies as police led him out of a police station in handcuffs.
“I’m sorry,” the suspect said, as he was led away from the 62nd Precinct stationhouse. “I loved [her]. I’m sorry to her family. I’m sorry for my children.”
His 34-year-old girlfriend was found dead in a bathtub in the suspect’s apartment. Prosecutors explained to a New York Criminal Lawyer that the woman had been beaten, strangled, and stabbed several times in the neck and body.
According to friends, the woman had gone to her boyfriend’s house to tell him the relationship was over.
“She went there to end it. That’s how he ended it,” a neighbor of the victim told authorities. “Jerk! He must have been real crazy.”
The suspect told a relative of his that he “lost it” and made a confession, according to police.
The 36-year-old suspect called his ex-wife in Long Island after the murder occurred and told her his girlfriend was “probably dead” after he “hurt her” as they argued in his apartment one afternoon. The ex-wife made an immediate call to Suffolk County police, who called the NYPD. Police discovered the body of the slain woman upon arrival, according to a Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer.
The suspect was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation during a brief hearing after his arrest. He had been previously arrested for menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. He had nothing to say at that time.
A friend of the victim said the pair had only been dating a few months.
He said, “She told me he’s just not a good guy – a bad person.”
The family of the victim, including her father, gathered at the family home in the aftermath of the murder. They were attempting to console the victim’s 13-year-old daughter.
“She was a great girl, she had a beautiful daughter,” a relative who did not live with them said. The suspect has four children of his own. “He’s destroyed two families,” a relative said.
Often in a domestic violence case, there is more than one offense involved, such as a gun possession offense, sex crime, or drug possession offense. While the emotional scars from these offenses can never be erased, justice can be served.
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