Queens District Attorney Richard Brown charged 23-year-old Gary McGurk with second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a weapon. His attorney says he's innocent.
Lee was bound to her bed, the cord of a cell phone charger wrapped around her neck and a knife buried in her throat. She was bashed in the head with an iron, which was later used to burn her stomach.
Michelle Lee, a civilian forensic investigator for the New York Police Department, was discovered in her bedroom by her roommate on April 27.
The John Jay College student faces a maximum 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
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