More than 28 years after a Brooklyn man was found bludgeoned and stabbed almost 40 times by the side of the Southern State Parkway, State Police used DNA evidence to make an arrest in the case Wednesday.
Raed Innab, 46, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Darwish Ali Darwish, 32. Darwish was found on Aug. 21, 1984, dying by the side of what was then the Heckscher Spur of the parkway.
"There was a certain amount of viciousness," said Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Robert Biancavilla.
Less than two months before he was killed, Darwish had been released from prison, where he had served 7 years for killing Carl Innab, Raed Innab's uncle, New York State Police said.
Biancavilla credited state police for solving the cold case with the use of updated DNA forensic technology. Biancavilla said investigators reviewed blood and other trace evidence left at the crime scene. The knife believed to be the murder weapon was left at the scene, police said at the time.
While in prison himself recently, Innab was required to submit a DNA sample, and when it was entered into the state's database, it matched DNA from the crime scene, Biancavilla said.
Another man also participated in killing Darwish, Biancavilla said. Although that man has not been arrested, he said police know who he is.
A witness saw two men leave the scene in a Cadillac, police said then.
Since Darwish's death, Innab has been in and out of prison on a variety of theft convictions, said Biancavilla and defense attorney Richard Stafford of Bohemia.
However, Stafford said his client denies having anything to do with Darwish's death. "He doesn't know what they're talking about," Stafford said. "He asserts his innocence."
Suffolk County Court Judge Stephen Braslow ordered Innab held without bail, at Biancavilla's request. "We consider him an extreme flight risk," Biancavilla said.