Duck Sauce Killer’s wife pleads not guilty

“Duck Sauce Killer” Glenn Hirsch’s wife appeared shaken in a Queens court on Thursday when she pleaded not guilty to charges of hiding an arsenal of guns in her home.

Dorothy Hirsch, 62, held her head and said, “I can’t do this,” before she filed the pleading for an 18-count indictment charging her with a series of crimes of illegal gun possession for which she until Could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Her defense attorney later stated that Dorothy was “upset and frightened” – adding that she “strongly” pleaded her innocence to the judge during the hearing.

In June, investigators searched Dorothy’s Briarwood home as part of an investigation into her estranged husband’s fatal shooting of a Forest Hills Chinese food supplier.

Glenn Hirsch, 51, was accused of gunning down Zhiwen Yan on April 30 – apparently in a revenge against the Great Wall restaurant for short-circuiting him for duck sauce – when he killed himself last month.

Police allegedly recovered illegal weapons from Dorothy’s home, including a .357 Magnum caliber revolver, a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a .38 caliber revolver, a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol Pistol and three 9mm semi-automatic pistols.

Dorothy Hirsch, attorney Mark Bederow in the courtroom.

Dorothy Hirsch pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of gun possession in the Queens Supreme Court.

Dorothy Hirsch

The shaken Hirsch told her lawyer in the courtroom, “I can’t do this.”

Dorothy Hirsch

Lawyer Mark Bederow said his client had been “weirdly inflated” by prosecutors.

Attorney Mark Bederow told the Post that his client had no idea her allegedly murderous husband – whom she accused of hitting and raping her – had hidden the guns in their closet.

The case “is comically overdone,” Bederow said after Thursday’s hearing, adding that the allegation of intentional use of the firearms was particularly “absurd.”

He noted that Glenn, an apparent hoarder, had kept the guns “in garbage bags and boxes wrapped in tinfoil and plastic — equivalent to a Russian doll — in a closet filled solely with his items.”

Bederow has claimed in court documents that the abused woman did not know about the guns or question her husband about what was in the bags.

Glen Hirsch

Glenn Hirsch fatally shot himself while awaiting trial on charges of murdering an employee at a Chinese food delivery company.

Zhiwen Yan

Zhiwen Yan was allegedly killed by Glenn Hirsch because Hirsch had a vendetta against the restaurant where Yan worked for saving on duck sauce.

He accused the Queens prosecutor’s office of treating his client “stubbornly just because she was married to someone they believe is the so-called ‘Duck Sauce Killer.'”

Bederow claimed prosecutors refused to release evidence of Glenn’s alleged abuse of Dorothy that was “clearly relevant” to her case. The prosecutor’s office “ignores so much evidence pointing away from her because someone needs to be held accountable for what they may or may not have done,” he claimed.

“She’s a 62-year-old woman who has never been in trouble in her life and she’s been described as this horrible person and that’s extremely upsetting,” Bederow said of his client.

gun in a plastic bag.
Dorothy Hirsch’s attorney alleges she was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of Glenn Hirsch and was unaware of the guns he hid in her home.
Queens County Attorney’s Office

Still, “she is very strong and confident that she will be acquitted quickly,” he added.

The attorney said that as soon as he received the grand jury transcripts, he would move to have the charges against Dorothy dismissed.

In a suicide note Glenn sent to the judge in charge of his case — and which Bederow filed in Dorothy’s case — the accused killer repeatedly claimed that the guns in his wife’s home did not belong to her and that she should not be charged with them.

“I want to take full responsibility for the eight guns that were recovered from a cupboard in her apartment. I acquired these firearms years ago…” Glenn wrote, adding that he brought the guns to Dorothy’s apartment after closing down a warehouse where he had previously hidden them. Duck Sauce Killer’s wife pleads not guilty


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