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Suspects Extradited, Charged In Bizarre Chelsea Murder

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Edwin Faulkner, Juan Carlos Martinez Herrera (credit: DCPI)

Edwin Faulkner, Juan Carlos Martinez Herrera (credit: DCPI)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two men suspected of killing a Chelsea man were charged with murder following their extradition from Florida on Saturday.

Edwin Faulkner, 30 and Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera, 26, were arrested on Thursday. The two men are accused of killing John Laubach in his Manhattan apartment.

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reports

Laubach was found dead and bound in his apartment on March 2. The two suspects were seen on a surveillance camera using Laubach’s ATM card shortly after the killing.

Prosecutors said Faulkner and Martinez-Herrera tied up and robbed Laubach, wrapping duct tape around his head and mouth.

Laubach died of asphyxiation, officials said.

Faulkner has admitted he was in the apartment, according to prosecutors, and Martinez-Herrera apparently left a fingerprint behind at the scene before fleeing to Florida.

It is unclear how the two suspects knew Laubach.

Faulkner and Martinez-Herrera had reportedly been in contact with the victim for a few weeks and Faulkner’s lawyer, Daniel Scott, refused to comment on how the suspects and victim knew each other.

“It’s really best that we reserve these comments until we know more,” Scott said.

The suspects are due back in court on Wednesday. Both men are being held without bail.

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