A Brooklyn man pleaded not guilty Thursday to slashing his wife to death in a Manhattan hair salon, but admitted to the stabbing, doing drugs and begged cops to shoot him when he was arrested, according to the New York Post, which cited court records.
Michael Kenny, 42, has been charged with second-degree murder and allegedly told cops: “Is my wife OK? Do you know I stabbed her? Seven times. With a knife."
He added that he likes “getting high,” the paper reported.
Kenny, who prosecutors said has a history of domestic violence, is accused of viciously attacking his estranged wife, Denise, on March 10 in the bathroom of D'Galina's Center Unisex Salon on 35th street, where she worked.
After the stabbing, prosecutors said Kenny grabbed $800 from the salon’s cash register and fled in a van he stole from his employer. He was later nabbed in Maryland following a 5-mile chase with police.
The Post reported that Kenny yelled he wanted to be shot when he was caught, but officers took him down with a bean-bag gun.
“Domestic violence is a criminal justice and public health crisis, and this case sadly underscores how quickly the relationship between abuser and victim can turn deadly,” Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance said.
Kenny’s attorney did not return a call for comment.
If convicted, Kenny faces up to life in prison.