Long Island footbridge death suspect due in court

September 25, 2013 5:04:44 AM PDT
The man who police say strangled a young woman and left her body on a Long Island footbridge is due in court Wednesday.

The partially nude body of 18-year-old Lauren Daverin was discovered last month on the Mill Pond footbridge between Sunrise Highway and Merrick Road in Rockville Centre.

The suspect, 18-year-old Maxwell Sherman, has pleaded not guilty. His attorney has insisted he has a good defense and wants to go to trial.

The Long Beach man is charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bail.

"She was a really fun person and everyone loved to be around her," friend Samantha Maselli said. "She always had fun. There was a never a boring time when you were around her."

Her older sister posted a note to Daverin on a Facebook page set up to honor the teen.

"To my beautiful baby sister," she wrote. "I love you so much. Every part of my heart is broken and I cannot wait to meet you again in another life."

Daverin was married to an Air Force airman stationed in Louisiana.

Sherman will be arraigned on a grand jury indictment in Nassau County.