Long Island murder suspect Rex Heuermann was charged in connection with a fourth murder yesterday for the 2007 killing of Maureen Brainard-Barnes. Prosecutors charged Heuermann with second-degree murder, citing DNA evidence linking the 60-year-old former Manhattan architect to the crime scene. He was previously charged with murder in July for the deaths of three other victims.
Brainard-Barnes was one of four women found buried in the same 500-foot area of in December 2010. In total, 11 bodies—nine women, one man, and a toddler—have been found around Gilgo Beach in Long Island between 2010 and 2011. Heuermann was allegedly linked to the four murders by DNA evidence found at the scene, as well as the use of burner phones, which were used to arrange meetings with the victims. Prosecutors have not directly connected Heuermann to the other murders.
Heuermann pleaded not guilty and is due back in court Feb. 6. Read more about the murders here.