A Medford man pleaded not guilty Friday to four charges stemming from the slaying of a Mastic Beach woman whose death had gone unsolved for seven years.
William Hubbard, 48, appeared in Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverhead on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree aggravated sexual abuse, third-degree witness tampering and intimidating a victim or witness in the third-degree.
Hubbard had threatened to kill a witness who was planning to testify in the case and her family, prosecutors said.
Hubbard’s attorney, Jon Manley, said his client “categorically denies having anything to do with the woman’s murder or threatening a witness.”
Suffolk police found Shanell Malave, 26, a telephone operator at Stony Brook University Medical Center, unresponsive in a bed in her Magnolia Drive home on May 24, 2011.
Hubbard is the father of a former boyfriend of Malave’s sister, said Justin Meyers, chief of staff for Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini.
Malave was strangled, prosecutors said. A report from the medical examiner also showed the woman had injuries to her body, Sini said.
The case is filled with “an overwhelming amount of violence,” Assistant District Attorney Daryl Levy said in court.
Prosecutors said Hubbard also threatened to kill an unidentified witness and her children if she testified before the grand jury, which was impaneled earlier this month.
Homicide detectives and the district attorney’s office cracked the case after uncovering telephone records between Hubbard and Malave, Sini said.
“We are finally getting justice,” Malave’s father, John Malave, said as he left the courtroom. “This case is getting resolved. It’s been very difficult for the family.”
Records show Hubbard has convictions dating to 1991 for crimes that include robbery, burglary, attempted burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Hubbard was held without bail and is due back in court June 4.
With Mark Morales