Goey Charles convicted of murdering pregnant girlfriend

A 33-year-old Long Island, New York, man could spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing his 29-year-old pregnant girlfriend three months before she was due to give birth, strangling her and then dumping her body on top of her three years ago stood on the side of the road and drove away.

A Queens County jury found Goey Charles guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder in the October 2020 killing of Vanessa Pierre, authorities said.

“We have achieved justice for Vanessa [Pierre]”Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement following the verdict. “The verdict doesn’t bring her back, but it does hold her murderer accountable. We will ask the court to send the defendant to prison for a very long time because he showed brutality and callousness when he murdered the lifeless body of his girlfriend, the woman who would become the mother of his child left behind.”

Surveillance footage shows Charles dragging Vanessa Pierre

Surveillance footage shows Charles pulling Vanessa Pierre’s body from her car and leaving it on the side of the road (Queens County District Attorney’s Office)

According to a Press release The Queens County District Attorney’s Office convicted Charles based primarily on video surveillance footage that showed him moving her body.

The prosecutor said the footage showed the defendant driving a white Dodge Challenger and pulling over to the side of the Horace Harding Expressway at approximately 2:50 a.m. on October 23, 2020. Charles is seen getting out of the driver’s seat of the car that was registered in Pierre’s name.

Charles then sits in the back seat of the vehicle, where a light in the car allowed the footage to show a then-pregnant Pierre “sitting and moving.” accordingly The video footage reviewed by the prosecutor’s office.

Olly Dawes

Olly Dawes is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Olly Dawes joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ollydawes@nytimas.com.

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