Harvey Marcelin, the 83-year-old ex-con accused of killing and dismembering her friend, pleaded not guilty at her indictment on Wednesday.
Marcelin’s attorney, Andrew Friedman, entered the plea on behalf of his client during the brief hearing before the Brooklyn Supreme Court.
“My client maintains her innocence,” Friedman told Judge Danny Chun.
Marcelin, a transgender woman and twice-convicted murderer, appeared in orange prison garb and a long-sleeved jacket with her hands tied behind her back. She did not speak during the proceedings.
She is charged with first and second degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and concealing a human corpse in the gruesome murder of 68-year-old Susan Leyden.
Leyden’s dismembered body parts were found in several Brooklyn locations earlier this month.
Surveillance footage showed Leyden, who lived at an LGBTQ seniors’ center in Fort Greene, entering Marcelin’s apartment in east New York on February 27.
She was never seen alive again.
Prosecutors allege Marcelin dumped a black shopping bag with Leyden’s torso later that week. She was also caught on video dragging around a severed leg wrapped in plastic in her motorized wheelchair, police said.
The victim’s head and other limbs were discovered in Marcelin’s apartment, along with blood, cleaning supplies, a hammer and the box for a power saw, prosecutors said.
Police found one of Leyden’s legs near a garbage can about three blocks from Marcelin’s home on March 7.
Leyden died of “homicidal violence,” including blunt force trauma to the head, the New York coroner ruled.
She met Marcelin when the two lived at the same Bronx shelter in 2019, but the exact nature of their relationship is unclear.
Marcelin has served more than 50 years in state prison for two previous murders.
She shot and killed her local friend Jacqueline Bonds at the couple’s Manhattan home in April 1963 and fatally stabbed another local friend in 1985 – and stuffed her body in a bag dumped near Central Park.
The accused serial killer faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of Leyden’s murder.
“This shocking and horrifying murder ended the life and desecrated the remains of a beloved member of the Brooklyn community, and her family and many friends remain in my prayers,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement.
“Few crimes in my long career as a prosecutor reach such levels of extreme depravity and we will vigorously seek justice on behalf of Ms. Leyden.”
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