Redd Trial On Hold For Religious Holidays
After a week of jury selection and another of hearing testimony from the prosecution, the trial of Derrick Redd, the man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn baby has been adjourned to April 28, in order to give both jurists and jury a chance to be home for the religious holidays of Passover and Easter, a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said earlier this week.
Redd’s victims were Rockaway bank teller Naisha DeLain and her unborn baby.
Police allege that, on October 25, 2008, Redd, who was then 35, stabbed to death DeLain and their child.
The victim had just taken maternity leave from the Capitol One Bank on Beach 116 Street and was due to deliver her baby within the week.
Police say that Redd did not believe that the baby was his and wanted his girlfriend to abort it, but she refused, perhaps sparking the murder.
“I wasn’t sure the baby was mine,” he allegedly told detectives. “I didn’t trust her with all my heart and we argued about an abortion.”
After DeLain’s mother had not heard from her daughter for a few days, she asked Redd, who had a key to the apartment at 109-57 Lefferts Boulevard in Ozone Park, to let her in so she could check on DeLain.
When they got to the apartment, the two found DeLain on the floor. Her neck was slashed and she had numerous stab wounds to her stomach, including six stab wounds to the fetus in utero, according to court sources. Both DeLain and her unborn child were declared dead at the scene by EMS workers.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said at the time, “It is difficult to imagine a crime more heinous than that of a man brutally murdering a pregnant woman. What should have been a most joyous occasion for the victim and her family, the defendant is accused of turning into one of unbelievable sorrow – further compounded by the fact that he is alleged to have escorted the victim’s mother back to the murder scene and allowed her to make the grisly discovery.”
Redd was charged with second degree intentional murder, criminal possession of a weapon and a second degree abortional act.
DeLain’s mother went to Albany last year to lobby for a bill that would have made the killing of an unborn fetus in a situation where the mother was killed as well a homicide.
Leaders in the state legislature, however, were afraid that such a new law would impact on abortion laws as well and declined to suggest it.
If convicted of the top charge, Redd faces 25 years to life in prison.