Friday 19 January 2018

Man denies murder after allegedly being spotted wheeling dead body down New York street

Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A man has been arrested and charged with murder after allegedly being spotted wheeling a dead body through a New York street.

The New York Police Department said an off-duty detective saw Anthony Lopez (31) using a metal dolly to transport the corpse last Friday on Staten Island.

Lopez who has 52 previous arrests, fled from officers after being spotted, leaving the body behind. Police released a photo and appealed for help finding him.

He shaved his head to conceal his identity but was arrested on Saturday, authorities said.

He pleaded not guilty but was charged with the second degree murder of 26-year-old Aduba Obiamaka, who is believed to be his girlfriend.

“The deceased is a long-time girlfriend,” said assistant district attorney Brooke Baranoski during the arraignment on Sunday, according to the New York Daily News.

“The defence and the deceased have a long history of violence in the past.”

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