Gilgo Beach suspect Rex Heuermann charged with murdering 4th woman

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By Dan Sears

Gilgo Beach murder suspect Rex Heuermann was charged on Tuesday morning in the death of a fourth woman, more than a decade after the recovery of her remains and those of several other people stoked fears of a Long Island serial killer.

Heuermann faces a second-degree murder charge for allegedly killing Maureen Brainard-Barnes, a Connecticut resident whose skeletal remains were found near the Long Island coast years after her death in 2007, Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney said.

Heuermann, an architect and consultant who lives in Massapequa Park, pleaded not guilty last summer to the alleged murders of Melissa Barthelemy, who died in 2009, and Megan Waterman and Amber Costello, who both died in 2010.

Heuermann appeared in Suffolk County Supreme Court on Tuesday morning to face the new charges and the DA’s request he be remanded to jail without bail. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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