The 18-year-old suspect accused of murdering a newlywed teenager last week and leaving her nude and bloodied body on a Rockville Centre footbridge has been formally indicted in connection with the homicide, authorities said Friday.
Maxwell T. Sherman, of Long Beach, is expected to face a judge again next week to be arraigned on the indictment. As of Friday evening, the indictment remained under seal and specific charges were not released.
Homicide detectives originally charged Sherman on Aug. 24 with second-degree murder for the death of Lauren Daverin, an 18-year-old Lynbrook resident. Her body was discovered last Thursday around 10 p.m. by two Rockville Centre brothers that knew her.
One of the brothers who discovered her body said he left Daverin with Sherman and a few other teens on the bridge to grab dinner nearby. When he returned, he found her body on the north side of the pedestrian crossing. She had been undressed, except for her boots and was left lying in a pool of blood, he said.
A source said Sherman may have been the last person seen with Daverin before she was killed. The next day, he returned to the crime scene and spoke with a reporter from WCBS-TV. In the televised interview, Sherman admitted to being at the scene before Daverin’s murder and said he was “surprised” and “amazed” by her death.
The source told ventwing.com that some of the teens with Daverin on Thursday had suspected Sherman may have been responsible for her death, after they learned that she was the victim of homicide.
Sherman has remained incarcerated at the Nassau County Jail since his initial arraignment last Sunday, when a judge ordered that he be remanded to custody.
He has appeared in court a total of three times since his arrest last week. During each court appearance, different judges have consistently ordered Sherman be held without bail.
At a court appearance on Wednesday, Sherman’s attorney requested that the court grant a felony exam – a procedure in which the prosecution must establish probable cause that the defendant committed the crime in order to hold him in custody without an indictment.
Outside the courthouse on Wednesday, Sherman’s lawyer, William Petrillo, of Rockville Centre, said he would seek Sherman’s release if prosecutors did not present a grand jury indictment to a judge by his next court appearance – which occurred Friday.
Petrillo did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday night.
Prosecutors said they have obtained the incitement, but did not release any further information because the document has been sealed.
Sherman is due back in court on Sept. 18.