Maxwell Sherman, the 18-year-old Long Beach man charged with strangling and killing a teen girl, told a news reporter the day before his arrest that he was “amazed” and “surprised” by her death.
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Police arrested Sherman on Saturday after Lauren Daverin, 18, of Lynbrook was found dead — beaten and stripped naked except for her boots, with her clothes nearby — on a footbridge in Rockville Centre on Thursday night, and charged him with second-degree murder, according to The Daily Mail.
On Friday, Sherman told a CBS news reporter near the crime scene that he had seen Daverin on the night she died “for like five minutes,” he said, adding that it was around 7 p.m. and he was riding by on his bike where a group of teens had gathered and he grubbed a cigarette from his friend, Steve.
At his arraignment at First District Court in Hempstead on Sunday, Sherman denied that he murder Daverin. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. Prosecutors argued that Sherman is a flight risk because he has contacts in Washington state, and Judge David Sullivan agreed, according to the New York Post.
Some of the teens that had gathered in Rockville Centre on Thursday night told CBS that they left Daverin drunk at the footbridge, which extends over Merrick Road and runs near Mill River Complex Park. Police said that at some point that night Sherman strangled her. Later, at about 10 p.m., her friends returned and found her dead on the footbridge.
Sherman is unemployed and lives on Louisiana Street in the West End with his parents, according to CBS. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.