Mele apologized for “what happened.” Judge Michael DeRosa corrected him saying, “not for what happened, but for what you did.”
Michael Mele, 26, decided to plead guilty to manslaughter and evidence tampering in the death of Laura Garza before the start of his murder trial at Orange County Court.
Michael Mele wore a suit and shackles to court. The convicted sex offender is accused of killing Laura Garza, 25, of Brooklyn.
More than two years after her murder, the remains of 25-year-old Brooklyn woman will be returned to her family in Texas.
Convicted sex offender Michael Mele has pleaded not guilty to charges he killed aspiring dancer, Laura Garza, who disappeared two years ago.
More than two years after an aspiring dancer vanished, charges were finally filed Wednesday in her murder. A grand jury indicted convicted sex offender Michael Mele.
More information is expected to be released Wednesday when the Orange County District Attorney’s office will hold a press conference to discuss the latest developments in the case.