Brooklyn man charged in fatal 2013 attack
A Brooklyn man was indicted yesterday for killing a woman who died days after she was brutally beaten on a Harlem street in 2013, police said.
James Dixon, 24, was charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter, and first-degree assault for the fatal beating of Islan Nettles, 21, on Aug. 17, 2013. He was held without bail yesterday.
Before the attack, Nettles, who was transgender, and her transgender friend ran into a group of men who made anti-gay remarks, police said. One punched Nettles in the face, police said, and she lapsed into a coma and died.
Dixon pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. His attorney declined to comment.
Dixon's next court appearance is scheduled for March 19.
Man pleads guilty to sending death threats
A Queens man pleaded guilty yesterday to emailing death threats to an employee of the Council on American Islamic-Relations, according to the Justice Department.
Bernhard Laufer, 58, of Rego Park admitted to threatening the employee with "significant bodily harm and death" in June 2014, according to the Justice Department. He pleaded guilty in federal court in the Eastern District of New York.
Laufer, who also faces charges of attempted murder as a hate crime in a separate case, could receive up to 5 years in prison.
The council is a civil advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.