Leah Cuevas, 42, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Chinelle Latoya Browne, a mother of four whose dismembered and decapitated body was found hidden around Long Island, New York last month, reports NBC Los Angeles.
At her arraignment Thursday, the judge said Cuevas was “charged with the worst conduct a human can be charged with.
According to prosecutors, Cuevas and Browne argued over rent on July 4 and again the next day. Police were called during the first incident, but the second ended with Cuevas stabbing Browne several times and dismembering her body.”
Her last words, according to witnesses, were, “No, Leah!” and “I’m sorry.”
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[Browne's] mutilated torso was discovered in a weedy, vacant parking lot in Bay Shore early on July 8 by people going to the nearby Fire Island ferry. Prosecutors said the clothing on the torso matched the ones last seen worn by Browne when she had gone to the wash her clothing.
A search warrant was executed at the Brownsville building on July 10, and investigators found blood splatter in Cuevas’ apartment and hallway that belonged to Browne.
A medical examiner has determined that Browne died of multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso. Prosecutors say she was killed in Brooklyn, and her dismembered remains were scattered on Long Island.
On July 17, a severed head was found on Boylston Street in Hempstead. On July 9, a homeowner found an arm with women’s clothing attached to it in his front yard on Webb Avenue. The next day, someone else discovered another arm in their yard about a half-mile away, near Stewart Avenue and Cornell Street.
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