21-year-old Tyrese Haspil stepped up on his innocent plea in front of a Manhattan judge over Skype after a grand jury charged him with first and second degree murder, grand theft second degree, second degree burglary, and concealment, according to the Manhattan Prosecutor’s Office it is a human corpse manipulating physical evidence.
Saleh “witnessed a crime committed on a previous occasion and the death was caused in order to prevent the intended victim from testifying in any criminal act or trial, whether or not such act or trial had been initiated not “, so the prosecution.
The indictment accuses Haspil of three major thefts of allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars through PayPal and Intuit transfers from Saleh.
Court documents said that a Makita saw, scissors, knife, gloves and mask, and bags with a head and limbs were found in Saleh̵
“We deny everything here, including the circumstances surrounding death and whether they can prove this young man had anything to do with it,” said Neville Mitchell, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society’s Homicide Defense Task Force, who represents Haspil.
“This will be a strong defense for this young man. There are a lot of things that we are investigating that you know we are not ready to offer right now in relation to defense, but there will be a strong defense. ” Defense.”
According to Mitchell, Haspil is being held on Rikers Island.
The case was adjourned until January 11th.
Saleh was found dead in the living room of his apartment on the Lower East Side the day after his death, police said. His cousin had gone to check on him. His head and limbs were severed.
Haspil allegedly attacked Saleh with a taser before killing him, police said at the time. Saleh had just got off an elevator that led directly to his apartment on the seventh floor.
According to the police officer, Saleh was last seen in a surveillance video when he got into the elevator with a masked man in black.
An autopsy revealed that Saleh had died of five stab wounds to the neck and trunk, according to the criminal complaint.
Saleh was CEO of Gokada, Nigeria’s motorcycle hail company, founded in 2018.
The surveillance video of a hardware store in Manhattan the morning after Saleh’s death caught Haspil buying an electric saw and cleaning supplies that were later discovered near Saleh’s dismembered and beheaded torso, according to the complaint.
When Saleh’s cousin was humming his apartment later on the morning of July 14, the assistant allegedly dismembered Saleh’s body with the saw and fled, the police officer said. Haspil was arrested days later in Manhattan.
CNN’s Sonia Moghe contributed to this report.