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Criminal defense: Homeless man charged in multiple murders

| Oct 9, 2019 | Criminal Defense

A bizarre case in Chinatown has led to the arrest of an indigent man, who is believed to have murdered several other homeless individuals. New York authorities have arrested the 24-year-old homeless man, who stands accused of the killings of four other men. Police do not know what prompted these alleged attacks, but they do not believe they were racially motivated at this time. It is unclear whether the man has retained criminal defense counsel at this time. If he is not able to afford an attorney, one will be appointed for him in criminal court.

According to the report, witnesses say they saw a man matching the description of the accused man, wearing a black jacket and pants, assaulting several people with a metal object in the early morning of Oct. 5. Police recovered a total of four bodies from around Chinatown, all with severe head injuries leading to their deaths. A fifth individual with similar injuries is now in the hospital in critical condition. 

Police tracked down the suspected man and showed him videos of the attacks captured by surveillance cameras. He reportedly confirmed to authorities that he was the man attacking the victims in the video. He has not entered a plea as of his arraignment on Oct. 6, but he has undergone a psychiatric evaluation as part of his processing. He has been arrested six other times in the last two years for other violent crimes. 

This suggests a pattern of behavior that may be motivated by a variety of factors. The man’s mother confirmed his violent tendencies, as well as heavy drug use, which may contribute to his alleged behavior. This is the sort of context his criminal defense representation will review carefully to determine whether he was aware of, or culpable for, his own actions at the time of the assaults. This case will likely focus on the man’s mental capacity as the case proceeds in a New York criminal courtroom.