Gilgo Beach: Suffolk County Supreme Court judge rules 'probable cause' in Heuermann DNA swab request

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Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Gilgo Beach: Judge orders suspect to turn in DNA swab
Suffolk County Supreme Court Judge Timothy Mazzei ruled "There is probable cause" to believe Rex Heuermann committed at least some of the Gilgo Beach murders."

SUFFOLK COUNTY, New York (WABC) -- Suffolk County Supreme Court Judge Timothy Mazzei on Wednesday ordered suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann to turn in a DNA swab.

Mazzei ruled "There is probable cause" to believe Rex Heuermann committed at least some of the Gilgo Beach murders "and, therefore, a basis to compel the buccal swab."

The swab is to be taken while Heuermann is in the presence of his attorney, who had opposed it.

The judge said a comparison of the Heuerman's direct DNA sample with the mitochondrial sample from a hair recovered from one of the victims and the DNA found on the pizza crust outside Heuermann's office "will yield probative material evidence, whether it is inculpatory or not."

A direct DNA sample could also be entered into statewide and nationwide databases. Mitochondrial DNA is ineligible.

The ruling comes after attorneys for accused Gilgo Beach serial killer opposed a request by prosecutors for a DNA swab from their client.

The defense argued in court papers that the Suffolk County District Attorney failed to demonstrate probable cause that their client killed anyone.

"Gathering his DNA is extremely important to this case," Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon said. "From what the task force has gathered and what we have discussed, I have no doubt that he is the person that killed those three women."

Heuermann pleaded not guilty in the killings of three women whose remains were found near Gilgo Beach in 2010. He is the prime suspect in a fourth murder as well.

While he has not yet been charged in that fourth homicide, the investigation "is expected to be resolved soon," the document says.


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