By Carol Tannenhauser
Lashawn Mackey, 47, and Terrence Moore, 53, were indicted on Tuesday for the murder of 74-year-old Maria Hernandez on January 18, a crime District Attorney Alvin Bragg called “a brutal and callous murder that no family should ever have to experience,” in a press release. Ms. Hernandez was killed inside her apartment at 126 West 83rd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
Mackey and Moore are charged in a New York Supreme Court indictment with two counts of Murder in the Second Degree, one count of Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, one count of Burglary in the First Degree, one count Robbery in the First Degree, and one count of Burglary in the Second Degree.”
The release went on to reveal details of the crime:
On January 18th, MACKEY and MOORE allegedly entered the apartment building together. They forced open the doors to the superintendent’s office and tore a bolt lock away. They cut the electrical wires to the surveillance video system and took the system itself away.
Responding NYPD officers found [Ms.Hernandez] in the apartment lying face down on the floor covered in strewn clothing, with bruises and lacerations across her body. Her hands and feet were bound together with rope.
MACKEY and MOORE left the building with two rolling bags that belonged to Ms. Hernandez.
“The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations,” the release concluded. “The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”
This story was first reported in Patch.