2008-11-28 / Front Page

Refused Abortion May Be Key To Teller Slay

By Howard Schwach

The boyfriend of a pregnant Rockaway bank teller didn't believe that her baby was his and demanded that she abort it before he fatally slashed both her and the unborn baby, police say.

Niasha De Lain in a recent family photo. Police say that her boyfriend, Derrick Redd killed her and her unborn child on the day that she was due to deliver. Niasha De Lain in a recent family photo. Police say that her boyfriend, Derrick Redd killed her and her unborn child on the day that she was due to deliver. Sources say that Derrick Redd told detectives from the 106 Precinct, who had come to arrest him for the murder of Niasha De Lain, a teller at the Capital One Bank in Rockaway Park, "I wasn't sure the baby was mine. I didn't trust her with my heart and we argued about an abortion."

While Redd did not admit to killing De Lain and her unborn baby, sources at the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that the 35-year-old man was arraigned on November 18 before Queens Supreme Court Judge Ira Margulis on a three-count complaint charging him with intentional murder, criminal possession of a weapon and committing an abortional act.

Sources say that it appears that Redd intentionally set out to kill the unborn baby as well as his girlfriend, stabbing De Lain six times in the torso as well as in the neck, arms and other areas of her body.

Prosecutors would not reveal what physical evidence they have in the case.

They add that Redd was a person of interest in the case from the beginning.

When De Lain's mother could not contact her daughter, she asked Redd, who had a key to her South Ozone Park apartment, to go with her to check on her daughter.

De Lain's mother found her daughter dead when she and Redd entered the apartment.

Margulis ordered Redd held without bail for a hearing next month. He faces 25 years to life if convicted of the charges.

Investigators are reportedly awaiting final results from the city's Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death and the identity of the baby's father, sources say.

Redd's attorney, Brian Trodden, told a Daily News reporter that his client is innocent of the charges.

"He didn't do this," Trodden said, "They're making him look like a bad guy, but anything can be taken out of context."

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