Esdras Marroquin Gomez has been charged with the homicide of Lois Colley. He was in Courtroom Nov. 14, 2017.
A day laborer accused of killing North Salem socialite Lois Colley texted two pals shortly after the slaying, telling them he was in hassle and returning to Guatemala to keep away from the police, in line with courtroom paperwork obtained by The Journal Information/lohud.
The paperwork define the obvious actions of Esdras Marroquin Gomez following the Nov. 9, 2015, killing — from asking a good friend that night for a journey to a motel, to the textual content messages, to surveillance video displaying him boarding a aircraft at JFK Airport 5 days later.
Gomez, 32, was tracked down in Cancun, Mexico, this summer time. When Mexican authorities deported him to Guatemala on Friday, his aircraft stopped in Miami the place FBI brokers took him into custody.
He pleaded not responsible at a Monday arraignment and on Tuesday was returned to Westchester County Courtroom so he could possibly be assigned a brand new protection lawyer.
Shortly after 5:15 pm on Nov. 9, 2015, a caretaker found the physique of the eighty three-yr-previous Colley on the ground of her house at Windswept Farm, the household’s 300-acre property. She had been bludgeoned to demise by a small hearth extinguisher and in addition hit with a wine bottle.
Gomez had executed work on the property however was not a daily worker so it took a number of days earlier than state police investigators discovered about him.
However they by no means acquired to interview him as a result of he had left the nation already. Gomez was indicted in the summertime of 2016 and a grievance was filed in federal courtroom 4 months in the past accusing him of illegal flight to keep away from prosecution.
The grievance by FBI Particular Agent Brendan Kenney detailed how Gomez turned the prime suspect.
Seven weeks after the murder, state police investigators spoke with a pal of Gomez who advised them that someday after 5:30 pm on Nov. 9 he requested for a experience to a motel. Gomez advised the unidentified witness that he wanted to keep away from the police and was going again to Guatemala, based on the grievance.
Police additionally obtained cellphone data displaying textual content messages between Gomez and the 2 different associates. He texted one which he had “a really significant issue” and that he “was operating from the police” and staying at a lodge till he might depart for Guatemala. He texted the opposite that he was “in hassle” and leaving the nation to keep away from the police.
Police later obtained video surveillance from JFK Airport displaying Gomez, strolling with a cane, boarding Avianca Flight 671 at three:25 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2009.
Relations and associates of Gomez’s in Guatemala informed authorities that he had been there for a few month however had then left for Cancun, in line with the grievance.