The Prolonged Island native accused of randomly shoving an 87-year-aged lady to her death surrendered to cops Tuesday — as her A-record legal professional complained that she was remaining focused for her “socioeconomic position.”
Lauren Pazienza, 26, saved mum as she was led into Manhattan Felony Court — her flowing pink hair masking her confront — to deal with manslaughter and assault fees in the March 10 attack that critically injured beloved former Broadway voice coach Barbara Maier Gustern.
Gustern, who suffered traumatic brain accidents, died 5 days later.
Prosecutors mentioned Pazienza crossed West 28th Street and Eighth Avenue at around 8:30 p.m. the night of the shove and called the aged female a “bitch” — ahead of pushing her to the pavement “without provocation.”
Defense lawyer Arthur Aidala claimed to the judge that “pushing another person who’s on the sidewalk” is not the very same as “pushing another person in entrance of a cliff” or “pushing another person in front of a transferring train” — as he accused Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s business office of “overcharging” his client.
“The DA goes out of their way to undercharge a case, and in this unique scenario they are overcharging,” Aidala stated in court docket, referring to Bragg’s progressive insurance policies.
He questioned whether the manslaughter demand, which carries a sentence of up to 25 decades, was due to Pazienza’s “socioeconomic status,” “race” or the media curiosity in the circumstance.
Gursten’s grandson AJ, even so, slammed the attorney’s argument, telling The Write-up: “Sounds like a sensible dude. How about pushing [someone] into a control?”
Psych exam pending
Decide Michael Gaffey purchased Pazienza to undertake a health care test and mental wellbeing evaluation immediately after observing her in “pain” and “crying,” Aidala informed reporters.
The choose established Paziena’s bail at $500,000, which she is predicted to publish, according to her attorney.
Aidala, whose past shoppers incorporate disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein and previous Mayor Rudy Giuliani, claimed after the hearing that his shopper and her household ended up traumatized by the ordeal.
Gustern — whose college students integrated Blondie singer Debbie Harry — was left “bleeding profusely from the head” just after hitting the cement that night time, Assistant District Lawyer Justin McNabney claimed in courtroom.
Pazienza “briskly” walked off, the prosecutor claimed, including that the two females have been strangers.
The accused killer then stayed in the neighborhood for practically 30 minutes — even watching as ambulances and police automobiles rushed to Gustern’s assist 13 minutes soon after the assault, McNabney explained.
Seven minutes just after she allegedly pushed Gustern, cameras caught Pazienza obtaining a “physical altercation” with a guy considered to be her fiancé, the ADA stated. The two then took a educate from Penn Station back to their property in Astoria.
Allegedly lined tracks
Pazienza subsequently took “every work to stay clear of apprehension” — together with deleting her marriage ceremony site and using down all her social media, McNabney said, noting the nuptials had been set for June.
She fled to her parents’ dwelling in Port Jefferson, and the following day “completely stopped applying her cellphone,” stashing it at the dwelling of her aunt, the prosecutor mentioned.
The victim’s grandson, in the meantime, explained he felt a perception of “closure” that Pazienza was charged but pressured that she was “innocent till proven guilty.”
Additional reporting by Tina Moore and Catalina Gonella