On February 7th, authorities were saddened to discover the body of 19-year-old Isiah Baez in a remote area near the Flatbush freight train tracks. According to initial reports, the young adult was found with severe burns to his body as well as a gunshot wound to the head. The young teen was reportedly out that night in his mom’s SUV and never returned home.
Shortly after the horrific killing, the victim’s family told various news sources that they believe the killing was motivated by the victim’s sexuality. Isiah Baez was an openly gay man who had reportedly been talking to the 19-year-old male suspect for at least a year.
There were allegedly many photographs of the two on the victim’s phone. The family believes the suspect may have been motivated to murder Baez because he wanted to continue to conceal his sexuality and the truth about being attracted to Baez.
Police believe that after the suspect murdered Baez, he called another friend to help him conceal the body. This third party is also facing criminal charges for his role in the crime. Baez is facing murder along with the additional charges of tampering with physical evidence as well as possessing a weapon. The third-party, 24-year-old Mcprecia Remy, is being charged with the concealment of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.
Records show that the victim was transported to Staten Island after his death and placed in the remote and isolated area of Flatbush.
Hate and Murder in NY: Can You Defend Yourself?
Murder is, by far, the most serious crime, so it makes sense that it also comes with some of the heaviest possible penalties allowed by law. In New York, capital punishment has been enacted, abolished, and then reinstated several times. As it stands now, every New York inmate who had been sentenced to death has had their sentence reduced to a life sentence. There are also no viable death penalty laws because the last reinstatement was determined unconstitutional by the New York Court of Appeals.
Despite that, criminal actions like the ones described above can still result in a lifetime sentence without the possibility of getting released. Not only did the suspect’s actions take the life of another person, but the actions could also be considered a hate crime, too.
With all that in mind, it’s crucial for the 19-year-old suspect to secure a solid criminal defense attorney.
Regardless of the severity of the criminal charges you’re facing or your guilt or innocence, it’s always in your best interests to hire a legal representative if you’re facing criminal accusations. A criminal defense attorney will help you better understand your charges and the potential defense strategies available to you. They’ll also help you make an informed decision on how you should handle the charges you’re facing.
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