The ex-boyfriend of a civilian crime lab technician was accused of beating and stabbing her to death in her Sunnyside apartment last month, the Queens district attorney said Friday, amid a report that he had tied her to the bed to confuse police after the murder.
Gary McGurk, 23, of Woodside was indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and weapon possession in the death of Michelle Lee, 24, the DA said. McGurk, a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was arraigned at Queens Criminal Court Friday afternoon, the DA said.
He was ordered held without bail and his next court date was set for June 9, Brown said. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison, the DA said.
“The young woman had a bright and promising future which was abruptly cut short by her brutal and senseless murder,” Brown said in a statement. “This case will be vigorously prosecuted to ensure that justice is served on behalf of the victim and her family.”
According to court documents, on April 26, McGurk hit Lee in the head with an iron and stabbed her in the neck. Citing anonymous law enforcement sources, the New York Post reported McGurk burned her stomach with the iron and tied her to the bed in order to make the murder look like a torture or a sex crime.
The indictment accuses McGurk of “altering the condition and position” of Lee’s body and taking her BlackBerry cell phone.
Lee’s roommate, another crime lab technician, did not come home until Sunday following the murder, a police source said. She was not aware that Lee was dead until she went into Lee’s room the next morning to rouse her for work, the source said.
Lee and her roommate had only lived in the apartment since March, the police source said. She and the other technician met when they were hired by the lab in September, the source said.
Reach reporter Jeremy Walsh by e-mail at jewalsh@cn
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