Victims identified as 2 suspects appear in court in Long Island body parts case

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024
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Chantee Lans has the latest on the body parts case from Central Islip.

SUFFOLK COUNTY (WABC) -- Two victims whose body parts were found in multiple locations across Suffolk County were identified on Monday.

Officials identified the female victim as 59-year-old Donna Conneely and family members identified the male victim as 53-year-old Malcom Craig Brown after their body parts were located on Feb. 29 and March 5.

Four suspects were arrested in connection to the case on charges of first-degree hindering prosecution, tampering with physical evidence, and concealment of a human corpse.

Steven Brown, 44, and Amanda Wallace, 40, appeared in court on Monday in Central Islip, where the judge ordered their GPS monitoring to remain in place.

Coreen Bullock said the 53-year-old victim is her younger brother and Steven Brown is their cousin.

"He was our baby brother, he was not perfect but nobody deserves murder like this and his cousin has something to do with it," Bullock said.

The victim's siblings, Bullock and Charles Williams, were visibly upset in court and said what made them so emotional is the bail reform.

"It's absurd that four people could murder two people and just get to walk out like that," Bullock said.

Williams shouted in court to his cousin to do the right thing.

"We have parents, we've lost a brother, Steven Brown is our cousin and our parents and his mom, my aunt, they're home, they're suffering, they're hurting and he has nothing to say," Williams said.

The emotional day in court comes after Alexis Nieves, 33, and Jeffrey Mackey, 38, made their court appearances on Friday.

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.

The case has drawn attention to New York's bail reform laws as many have wondered why the suspects would be free to go without bail.

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.

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