Prosecutors: Murdered Homeless Man’s Skull ‘Unhinged’ After Beating

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A homeless man admitted to Suffolk County police homicide detectives that he killed another homeless man last month, prosecutors said Tuesday.Thomas Lamartina, 30, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder during his arraignment in Central Islip. Judge G. Ann Spelman called it a “hideous charge” and ordered Lamartina held without bail.The victim, 65-year-old Nicholas MacQueen, was found dead outside Emanuel Lutheran School on June 28.Prosecutors alleged that Lamartina repeatedly struck MacQueen in the head with a brick, causing his skull to become “unhinged.”Police first began investigating Lamartina after a dispute with his girlfriend. She called police and told them about the alleged murder, said his Hauppague-based lawyer, Craig E. McElwee.McElwee said he still didn’t have all the information on the case, but was told that Lamartina made a statement to police, “apparently on video.” Prosecutors said it was an admission.Lamartina was also accused of harassing his girlfriend.McElwee said Lamartina had just recently became homeless.last_img read more