Baby-Slayer Trial Called Off
In a stunning decision, the trail of a Jamaica man, who stabbed to death his pregnant girl friend and their unborn baby, was put on hold on Monday because the defense attorney was too ill to continue with the case, a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
“Derrick Redd’s attorney is ill and has withdrawn from the case,” the spokesperson said. “We now have to find him a new attorney and start all over again.”
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.
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. The district attorney’s spokesperson declined to comment on how long it might take for Redd to be ready for trial, pointing out that the crime for which he was charged was nearly three years old when he went to court last week.
The trial was still in the jury selection phase when it ended.