Estranged wife of Gilgo Beach murders suspect says she has given him 'the benefit of the doubt'

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The woman of an designer charged successful a string of slayings known arsenic the Gilgo Beach serial killings released a connection precocious Wednesday successful her husband’s defense, saying she didn’t judge him tin of nan brutality of which he is accused.

The statement, released connected Asa Ellerup’s behalf by her lawyers, is her first connection successful months since her husband’s apprehension successful nan now-infamous lawsuit past July. She has not been charged pinch immoderate crimes, and investigators opportunity she and her girl were distant connected each of nan 4 occasions erstwhile Rex Heuermann allegedly killed a woman.

Ellerup revenge for divorcement from Heuermann days aft his arrest, but still visits him weekly, according to her attorneys.

“Nobody deserves to dice successful that manner,” nan connection connected Ellerup’s behalf said, pinch her lawyers sharing her “heartfelt sympathies” for nan victims and their families. “I will perceive to each of nan grounds and withhold judgement until nan extremity of trial. I person fixed Rex nan use of nan doubt, arsenic we each deserve.”

It wasn’t instantly clear what prompted nan connection from Ellerup connected Wednesday.

Heuermann was astir precocious charged successful mid-January pinch a 4th slaying, that of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, a Connecticut mother of 2 who vanished successful 2007 and whose remains were recovered much than 3 years later on a coastal road connected Long Island.

The charges came months aft he was branded nan premier fishy successful her decease erstwhile he was arrested successful July in nan deaths of 3 different women. He pleaded not blameworthy successful Brainard-Barnes’ death, arsenic he had done successful nan different cases.

Heuermann is being held without bail. He faces respective life sentences without parole if convicted.

Heuermann has maintained his innocence from “day one” and looks guardant to defending himself successful court, lawyer Mike Brown has said. Brown said he is still reviewing caller accusation presented by prosecutors successful tribunal documents.

“They had small bits of grounds and focused connected Rex Heuermann and past they accumulated much grounds and tried to fresh that grounds to complete their narrative,” said Brown.

Heuermann was arrested July 14, 2023, successful relationship pinch nan deaths of Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Lynn Costello, 3 women who authorities opportunity were activity workers for illustration Brainard-Barnes. The second was nan first to disappear.

Their remains were recovered on nan aforesaid quarter-mile agelong of parkway successful nan Gilgo Beach area of Jones Beach Island successful 2010. Additional searching turned up nan remains of six much adults and a toddler who was nan kid of 1 of nan victims.

Investigators person said Heuermann, who lived successful Massapequa Park crossed nan bay from wherever nan bodies were found, was astir apt not responsible for each nan deaths. Some of nan victims vanished successful nan mid-1990s.

Greg Cergol, NBC New York

Greg Cergol is nan Long Island Reporter for WNBC-TV successful New York.

Jennifer Millman, NBC New York

Jennifer Millman is simply a managing editor for NBC New York.