Fetus Killer Found Guilty
A Jamaica, Queens man has been convicted of second-degree murder and other charges for the stabbing death of his pregnant girlfriend – a teller at the Capitol One Bank on Beach 116 Street – inside of her South Ozone Park apartment in 2008.
The 25-year-old victim – who was stabbed approximately 20 to 30 times in her stomach and torso – was murdered on her due date. Her baby did not survive.
District Attorney Richard Brown identified the defendant as Derrick W. Redd, 38, of 87- 05 166 Street. On Thursday, November 3, Redd was convicted of second-degree murder (intentional), fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree abortion following a jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Daniel Lewis.
Brown said, “It is incomprehensible that this defendant would unleash such a vicious attack on his girlfriend and his unborn child on the date the baby was expected to come into the world – which also happened to be the birthday of the victim’s father. What should have been a joyous day has been forever changed into an occasion of grief. The defendant could have walked away and left this young woman and her unborn child – but instead he unleashed a brutal attack. He must be sentenced to the maximum time in prison in order to punish him and to protect society.”
Brown added that, according to the trial testimony, on October 25, 2008, Redd fatally stabbed his nine months-pregnant girlfriend, Niasha Delain, 25, inside of her residence located at 109-57 Lefferts Boulevard in South Ozone Park by stabbing her with a knife approximately 20 to 30 times in the stomach and torso – including five stab wounds to the fetus in utero.
Redd faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on November 22.