2 suspects in Long Island body parts case in court, Suffolk County officials push new bill

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Friday, March 8, 2024
2 suspects in LI body parts case in court, officials push new bill
Janice Yu has the latest.

SUFFOLK COUNTY (WABC) -- Two of the four people facing charges in connection with body parts found scattered on Long Island were back in court on Friday.

Alexis Nieves, 33, and Jeffrey Mackey, 38, were ordered to keep their GPS ankle monitors on until their next court date of March 19.

Mackey's attorney said he is in a relationship with Nieves. They both waived their right to a speedy trial.

Nieves and Mackey, along with Steven Brown, 44, and Amanda Wallace, 40, were all charged Wednesday with first-degree hindering prosecution, tampering with physical evidence, and concealment of a human corpse.

They have not been charged specifically with the killing of the two victims, so they were free to go until their next court appearances or if they face more charges.

Body parts of a man and woman were found in several locations last week and this week throughout Suffolk County.

Long Island Republican senators and assemblymen called the suspects' release unacceptable and in response, introduced a bill on Friday that would make it a Class E felony to conceal or mutilate a human corpse, making the offense eligible for bail.

"The mental capacity, the depravity it takes to mutilate a human being, a dead corpse, and then to be out in the community again is just simply outrageous," said New York State Sen. Anthony Palumbo.

Governor Kathy Hochul in an interview Friday softened her criticism a bit of Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney, calling the body parts case "a very unique circumstance" and added that Suffolk County police are "working so hard to get to the bottom of this, as is the DA."

However, she did say that she believes bail laws went too far during the Cuomo administration and she understands the "frustration" of law enforcement.

The PBA, legislators, and Suffolk County Executive Ed Romaine all spoke out about the issue on Thursday.

They held a press conference in Hauppauge to condemn Governor Kathy Hochul's comments in defense of bail reform.

"This case highlights what we in law enforcement have been saying for years, our bail laws are not rational. When you can take a dismembered body and attempt to conceal it in a place that children play and then walk out of court scot-free, this is not rational," said Lou Civello with the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association.

The other two defendants, Brown and Wallace, are expected to be in court Monday.

Police have not publicly identified the victims and their relationship to the suspects is still a mystery.

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