Victim’s Daughter: Redd Is A Killer
In the wake of an article in last week’s edition of The Wave stating that convicted killer Derrick Redd’s baby mother said that he was innocent of the crime and that he was incapable of an act of murder, an attorney has come forward to say that Redd had been indicted and tried for killing her father in 1992, and that he got off only because two vital witnesses to the murder failed to show up to testify.
Seventeen years after Carlos Sarmiento was gunned down in his Queens apartment building, his family believes that it has finally received its second shot at justice in the conviction last month of Derrick Redd for the murder of Naisha Delain, a Rockaway bank teller.
An Ecuadoran immigrant, the 52- year-old Sarmiento – a diamond cutter by day, taxi driver at night – was fatally shot November 2, 1992, in his Rego Park apartment building.
But at trial, accused gunman Derrick Redd was acquitted by a Queens jury after witnesses who told cops they saw Redd that night refused to testify.
In October 2008, Redd, now 36, was arrested again for murder. This time for the slaying of girlfriend Naisha Delain, 25, a customer-service representative at the Capital One Bank in Rockaway Park, who was nine months pregnant.
Sarmiento’s daughter, Jacqueline Sarmiento-Marzan, learned about Redd’s arrest when a friend alerted her to a recent report recounting efforts by Delain‘s mother, Towanda Wimms, to increase penalties for those who kill the unborn.
Marzan called Wimms recently and the two talked about their loved ones, the pain of their loss and their shared hope that Redd would be put behind bars.
“I definitely support her and sympathize with her pain,” said Sarmiento Marzan, 38.
“Where she is now is where I was 17 years ago,” she added. “I’m hoping she finds justice for her daughter, and, in a way, for my father.”
According to the Daily News, Sarmiento’s homicide was among 357 in Queens in 1992, nearly 40 more than the previous year’s total and a record high that prosecutors say was fueled by a deadly mix of drugs and guns on the borough’s streets.
“At that time he was just another statistic,” said Sarmiento’s son, Carlos Sarmiento. “Nobody knew his story.”
Sarmiento was coming home from work in a Manhattan jewelry store and got on the elevator to his fourthfloor apartment. Prosecutors said Redd got on with Sarmiento. When Sarmiento got off, the two scuffled in the hallway. Sarmiento was shot once in the chest.
His daughter, then 21, heard the commotion and ran to her father, cradling him in her arms. “It was agony. There was nothing that could be done,” she said. He died at a nearby hospital.
Sources at the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told The Wave that the charge sheet and the trial results for Redd’s first trial are sealed because he was found not guilty.
Sarmiento’s son and daughter followed the Redd murder case closely.
Before the guilty verdict was announced last month, Sarmiento was not sure the outcome.
“I really don’t have any faith in the justice system because it let me down one time already,” Sarmiento said. “If the jury did their job 17 years ago, this girl would be alive.”
Marzan said, “I am appalled that Redd’s girlfriend is concentrated on futile efforts involving this felon rather than focusing on her raising her child. [Her comments] were sad and abusive to Naisha’s family. While entitled to her opinion, she is sorely mistaken in painting Redd as a victim. He is a criminal and has victimized many lives.”
Contacted for comment on the Wave story about Redd’s baby mother, Wimms said, “While I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to discuss the issues in the last Wave article from Shakira Pollard my family has been through enough and we don’t have time to go back and forth with her nonsense. The court minutes prove he was present at my daughter’s apartment as per cell [phone] records. She lied to you and it is apparent she would do anything for that murderer. I and my family have suffered enough.”
Redd is scheduled to be sentenced on January 4.