2009-10-02 / Top Stories

Bellamy Hearing Adjourned To October 21

Bellamy with attorney Thomas Hoffman (left) and private investigator Ed Hensen. Bellamy with attorney Thomas Hoffman (left) and private investigator Ed Hensen. Convicted murderer Kareem Bella my will have another month of freedom, thanks to a procedural delay that led to his hearing being adjourned until October 21.

After 13 years in pri son, Bellamy was freed in August, 2008 when Queens Su preme Court Judge Joel Blumenthal vacated Bellamy's conviction in the stabbing murder of James Abbott on Beach 47 Street on April 9, 1994, ordering a new trial for the Rock away man.

Queen District Attorney Richard Brown said last year, "The sole basis for the court's setting aside the defendant's conviction was a recorded conversation proffered by the defense, which purported to be between a de - fense witness and a third party, in which the third party confessed to having stabbed the victim - the crime for which the defendant was convicted."

But the informant who provided the tape to defense law yer Thomas Hoff man and private de tective Ed Hensen has since told author ities in the Queens District At torn - ey's office that he staged

the re cording "to create false evidence be cause I was paid thousands of dollars by the attorneys for Kareem Bellamy."

Since that time, the Bellamy case has become what one court-watcher calls a "soap opera gone mad."

Charges and counter-charges have been made by prosecutors; by Michael Green, the man who made the bogus tape; by Levon "Ishmael" Melvin, whom detectives investigating the crime fifteen years ago thought might have been involved, and whom Green implicated as the murderer on the now-infamous tape; by prosecutor Brad Leventhal, who has accused attorney Thomas Hoffman and private detective Ed Hensen of feeding Green information about Melvin to make the phony tape; and by Hoffman and Hensen, who say they had no knowledge that the tape was bogus until after Bellamy was released.

Blumenthal was scheduled to make a final ruling on May 19 of this year as to whether or not Bellamy had to go back to jail.

Because of a procedural paperwork problem, however, the case was held over to September 25, when the judge was to make a ruling on Bellamy's freedom.

Once again, however, the hearing and the judge's decision have been put back, this time to October.

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