Cops: Man admits to double murder

August 1, 2008 2:46:45 PM PDT
A Coram man and his girlfriend was charged in the deaths of two men after their dismembered bodies were found in the suspect's mother's backyard and a nearby wooded area.The two victims, 22-year-old Jairo Santos, of Washington Heights, and 35-year-old Joseph Odierno, of Miller Place, disappeared on July 16.

Police say 28-year-old Darren Lynch confessed to the crime, which apparently occurred because of a bogus drug deal. Lynch hurled profanity-laced insults at the cameras as he was moved from Suffolk County Police Department's Sixth Precinct Friday morning, en route to his arraignment.

Authorities believe Lynch was acquaintances the two victims, who were last seen together on the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Old Brookville, where Santos is a student. Two days later, Odierno's late-model Cadillac was recovered in Middle Village, Queens.

Police say Santos and Odierno sold fake cocaine to Lynch, who caught on and allegedly shot both men in his apartment. They say he then took the bodies into the bathroom and dismembered them in the tub.

The girlfriend apparently witnessed the whole incident and tried to get rid of the gun by hiding it at her parents, while Lynch allegedly tried to dispose of the bodies in his mother's backyard.

Officials say police spent Thursday searching a sump in a wooded area of Coram, near the home, eventually pulling out a body at around 6 p.m. They say Lynch became tired of jumping the fence to get to the sump, so he dug a hole and buried the rest in the backyard.

Neighbors say the stench of the bodies was overwhelming.

Lynch's sister, Erin, cried as she spoke about how hard this is for her family.

"I just love my brother," she said.

Lynch faces second-degree murder charges, while his girlfriend is charged with hindering prosecution.

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WEB PRODUCED BY:Bill King

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