David Bonola faces charges of second-diploma murder, 1st-diploma prison tampering and fourth-diploma felony possession of a weapon, NYPD Main of Detectives James Essig said in a news convention. He is predicted to be arraigned afterwards Thursday.
Bonola created a confession to police after he was arrested, a law enforcement formal beforehand reported. In Thursday’s news convention, Essig stated Bonola had produced “incriminating statements.”
The investigation remains ongoing, and there are no exceptional suspects, Essig mentioned.
Based on the preliminary investigation, authorities think Gaal and Bonola, a handyman used by her household, experienced an intimate relationship, police reported at the news convention. The marriage had been “on and off” for about two decades, police said, and was “regarded at an conclusion” when Gaal was killed early Saturday early morning.
Investigators have determined Gaal attended a clearly show Friday night and returned to her home in the Forest Hills community around 12:20 a.m. Saturday, Essig explained to reporters.
Bonola arrived at the household before long soon after, Essig mentioned. He was possibly permit inside of the household or employed a spare essential.
An argument adopted, ending in a violent confrontation in the basement of the property in which Essig stated Bonola allegedly stabbed Gaal “ruthlessly and brutally in surplus of 55 situations,” killing her.
Later on, Bonola allegedly placed Gaal’s overall body in a hockey bag and “as video confirmed, was observed rolling the human body down the sidewalks, leaving a bloody trail by means of the streets of Forest Hills.”
Her entire body was found inside of a bag by a member of the general public just in advance of 8 a.m. Saturday, Essig stated.
Police had been named about a suspicious bloody bag at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Jackie Robinson Parkway, the NYPD previously explained. There, officers discovered a girl unconscious and unresponsive within a duffel bag, and unexpected emergency responders pronounced her lifeless.
A path of blood led to 72-24 Juno Avenue, the NYPD mentioned, about a fifty percent-mile stroll northwest of where the bag was identified. The female was identified as Gaal, who lived at the Juno Street house, law enforcement explained.
Gaal’s induce of demise was determined to be sharp force injuries to the neck, and her manner of dying was homicide, in accordance to the New York Health care Examiner’s Business office.
Investigators recovered the jacket they consider Bonola wore when Gaal was killed, Essig stated Thursday. They also found boots, a T-shirt and bloody bandages at a different area. Bonola was handled for wounds to both equally palms at a regional clinic afterwards Saturday, Essig explained.
Police also recovered the knife they believe was employed to destroy Gaal. According to Deputy Main Commanding Officer of Queens North Julie Morrill, the knife was steady with other knives discovered in the household.
Law enforcement had been canvassing for movie Wednesday evening when they acknowledged Bonola, Essig instructed reporters. He voluntarily went with police to the 112th Precinct, exactly where he allegedly manufactured the “incriminating statements.”
After at the precinct, the suspect denied he was involved, prior to eventually admitting that he was the a person who killed her, a law enforcement formal informed CNN. When officials from the Queens District Attorney’s place of work arrived and also questioned him, he when once again confessed to the killing, the official mentioned.
Bonola was regarded to do repair get the job done all-around Gaal’s residence, most notably on the air conditioner, servicing it numerous occasions, the formal reported. The suspect lived alone, but is thought to be divided from his spouse and has youngsters.