Suspect in slay of elderly NYC woman was once the bldg. super, gutted man: prosecutor

Suspect in slay of elderly NYC woman was once the bldg. super, gutted man: prosecutor

The person accused of brutally killing a 74-year-old Higher West Facet girl throughout a housebreaking is the previous tremendous of her constructing who as soon as did 20 years in jail for gutting a person, prosecutors stated Sunday.

Ex-con Lashawn Mackey, 47, of Brooklyn was ordered held with out bail Sunday night on costs of homicide, tried homicide and housebreaking within the slaying of aged Maria Hernandez, who was discovered sure and gagged face-down beneath a pile of garments inside her condominium Wednesday evening.

“It is a notably brutal murder,” Manhattan Assistant District Legal professional Maxine Rosenthal stated at Mackey’s arraignment.

“She had intensive accidents, together with bruising and abrasions to her face, her arms, her again, and lacerations to each the vaginal and rectal areas,” Rosenthal stated.

Maria Hernandez, 74, was discovered overwhelmed, sure and gagged inside her Higher West Facet condominium Wednesday.Household photograph

“This was clearly a premeditated crime the place the defendant went to the basement previous to the assault to interrupt into the tremendous’s workplace and dismantle the safety surveillance techniques situated therein,” the ADA added to Decide Felicia Menin.

Mackey is a profession prison who was sentenced to as much as 23 years in jail in 2000 on a first-degree assault conviction and served greater than 20 years earlier than his launch in 2019.

Rosenthal stated in courtroom Sunday that the sufferer in that case was stabbed 15 instances and left mendacity in the midst of a Brooklyn avenue with “his intestines hanging out of his physique.”

State corrections information present Mackey ended up again in jail in October 2021 and was once more launched a couple of month later. It’s unclear why he was briefly despatched again behind bars.

Lashawn Mackey, charged within the slaying of Maria Hernandez, was as soon as her constructing’s tremendous and served almost 20 years in state jail for a violent Brooklyn assault. Daniel William McKnight

Mackey was then busted once more this previous Aug. 16 and charged with grand larceny, housebreaking and petit larceny costs in Manhattan, on-line courtroom information present.

He pleaded responsible Dec. 21 and was due again in courtroom subsequent month for sentencing.

Hernandez’s physique was discovered by her sister, Maria Terrero, who informed detectives she found her sister’s battered corpse when she went to verify on her round 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, in accordance with police.

Cops stated the condominium had been ransacked, and an post-mortem by the medical expert later decided that Hernandez died of asphyxia.

Maria Hernandez, 74, was discovered useless, sure and gagged in her Higher West Facet condominium by her sister Wednesday. The previous tremendous was charged Saturday. Robert Miller

Mackey was arrested within the case Saturday and later proclaimed his innocence to reporters as he was led out of the twentieth Precinct station home in handcuffs.

“Search for the DNA outcomes on the scene of the crime!” he yelled. “Ask them for it!”

In courtroom Sunday, protection lawyer Jessica Horani additionally maintained her shopper’s innocence.

“Mr. Mackey is shocked he’s being accused on this case,” Horani stated. “He stands earlier than you radically denying the accusations in opposition to him.

“I don’t consider that the folks have vital proof on this case,” she added.

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