2003-11-28 / Front Page

Thursby Woman Charged In Triple Murder

By Brian Magoolaghan
Thursby Woman Charged In Triple Murder By Brian Magoolaghan

A Far Rockaway woman was arrested last Friday and charged with murder in connection with a triple homicide that happened last summer.

After a six-month investigation police from the 105 Precinct arrested Thursby Avenue resident Sandra Powell, 36. She is charged with second degree murder, first degree burglary, attempted robbery, and two counts of criminal weapons possession, according to the district attorney’s office.

Police say Powell acted in concert with another suspect who shot and killed three members of a family at their home on 120th Avenue in Cambria Heights, on the morning of June 9.

The 13-year-old son of victims Larrie Barnes, 39, and Carren Chambers, 34, found the bloody bodies of his parents and aunt, Tisha Chambers, 21, sprawled about the residence. Police said the victims had been shot in the head, and two were bound with duct tape, according to a story in Newsday. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown called the crime scene "horrific."

Police said they are still looking for the second suspect, according to Brown’s office.

Sources told The Wave that Powell pled guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment charges in 1995. She received three years probation for that offense, the source said.

Powell was arraigned on Sunday in Queens Criminal Court before Judge Seth L. Marvin who remanded her without bail. Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Hanratty will handle the prosecution.

Powell faces up to life in prison if convicted. Her next court date is December 8.

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