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Man Is Charged in 1999 Rape and Murder of Bronx Neighbor

Man Is Charged in 1999 Rape and Murder of Bronx NeighborShe was found by her son-in-law, the superintendent of the apartment building where she lived in the Bronx near Yankee Stadium, on May 27, 1999. Emergency medical technicians arrived and pronounced Elsa Grullon dead.

The 56-year-old woman was lying on her bedroom floor, bleeding after being stabbed repeatedly. She was found by her son-in-law, the superintendent of the apartment building where she lived in the Bronx near Yankee Stadium, on May 27, 1999. Emergency medical technicians arrived and pronounced Elsa Grullon dead.

On Monday, the police arrested Curtis Batchelor, 41, the man who they say raped and killed Ms. Grullon, potentially closing a case that had long gone unsolved. The authorities said that Mr. Batchelor’s DNA matched that left at the crime scene.

Mr. Batchelor, who lived in the same building as Ms. Grullon at the time of the murder, was arraigned on Tuesday in Bronx Criminal Court charges of first-degree murder, rape and sexual assault, the authorities said. His lawyer, Alice Fontier of the Bronx Defenders, a nonprofit legal services organization, said that he pleaded not guilty.

Man Is Charged in 1999 Rape and Murder of Bronx Neighbor – New York Times

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