MINEOLA / Videotaped confession to slayings airs at pretrial
Prosecutors in pretrial hearings in the Kim Wolfe case showed the former Nassau County correction officer's videotaped confession during an evidentiary hearing Tuesday in Nassau County Court in Mineola.
The June 16 video was taken just after Wolfe, 43, of North Babylon, was arrested. Prosecutors said she fatally shot ex-girlfriend Stacie Williams outside Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, then drove to a family home in Hempstead and fatally shot her uncle, wounded her grandfather and kidnapped her niece before surrendering to Nassau police.
Wolfe is at times inaudible and rambling in the hourlong videotape. Nassau Det. William Brosnan sits across from Wolfe and asks about Williams. "Do you know how many times you shot her?" he asks. Wolfe is silent for a moment, then gestures at the right side of her torso: "Here." Then at her chest: "And in the chest."
But in cross-examination, Wolfe's defense lawyer, Michael DerGarabedian of Rockville Centre, began building the foundation for what he says is an anticipated insanity defense. He confirmed that Brosnan did not ask Wolfe about mental illness or alcohol or drug consumption before taping the confession.
DerGarabedian also questioned Nassau Special Operations Officer Philip Brady, who was at the crime scene, on Wolfe's demeanor when she surrendered to police. Brady testified she seemed "passive."
DerGarabedian asked Brady where Wolfe's gun, found in her lap, was taken by police.
Brady responded "the crime lab," and DerGarabedian clarified, "the Nassau County crime lab" - a possible nod to the troubled facility's probation status by the national accreditation board.
The evidentiary hearing was scheduled to continue Wednesday before state Supreme Court Justice David Ayres.
- SOPHIA CHANG
BETHPAGE / Port Jefferson man killed in one-vehicle crash
A driver was killed in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on the Southern Parkway near Bethpage State Parkway, State Police said.
Police are investigating the crash that killed Samuel Aririatu, 62, of Port Jefferson, who was driving westbound when he "lost control for unknown reason, and entered the right shoulder, before striking a tree," near Exit 31, police said in a news release.
Aririatu, the only occupant of the sport utility vehicle, was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bethpage.
FRANKLIN SQUARE / Computer images lead to child porn charges
A Franklin Square man faces child pornography charges after he was found with sexually explicit images of underage children, State Police said Tuesday.
Sophocles Tsirkas, 30, accompanied by his attorney, surrendered to State Police on Tuesday morning at Valley Stream, according to a news release.
His arrest follows a Nov. 22 search of his home, police said, in which "digital evidence was recovered which contained sexually explicit images of underage children."
The investigation was initiated through an undercover operation conducted by the New York State Police computer crime unit, the release said.
Police also said there is no indication of physical contact with the victims.
Tsirkas is charged with five counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child. He was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.
- GARY DYMSKI