NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man charged with stabbing a 6-year-old boy to death and critically injuring a 7-year-old girl inside an elevator in Brooklyn was back in court Friday.
Daniel St. Hubert, 27, of Brooklyn, was arraigned Thursday night on murder, attempted murder, assault and other charges in connection with the fatal attack on 6-year-old Prince Joshua “P.J.” Avitto and his friend, 7-year-old Mikayla Capers.
As CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported, St. Hubert glared at the courtroom before turning to face the judge in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Friday.
He appeared wearing the same clothes in which he was arrested on Wednesday night – tightly handcuffed, and surrounded by five armed officers. His public defender attorney, Edward Friedman, stood at his side.
“At this point, all I know is what I see on television and read in the papers,” Friedman said.
Friedman met with St. Hubert briefly, just moments before the two-minute court appearance. But said he planned to spend the day getting information from his new client in jail.
“Everything is up for exploration at this point,” Friedman said.
St. Hubert was ordered held without bail at the hearing, and will return to court on June 11. He faces up to 50 years to life in prison if convicted.
No psychiatric evaluation was ordered, although St. Hubert has a history of mental illness and hospitalizations, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
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“This defendant is accused of viciously attacking innocent and defenseless children who were trapped in an elevator with him,” said Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson. “Prince Joshua Avitto was taken far before his time and his family will struggle with this for years to come, as will 7-year-old Mikayla Capers. We are committed to seeking justice for them and to holding this defendant accountable for his actions.”
On Thursday night, St. Hubert faced a screaming, angry crowd as police transferred him from the 90th Precinct in Williamsburg to Central Booking in downtown Brooklyn.
It was the suspected killer’s first public appearance since being charged with murder of the two children.
Police said the attack against the children happened around 6 p.m. Sunday inside the Boulevard Houses in East New york when they went upstairs to get some ice cream from P.J.’s sixth-floor apartment.
Mikayla remained in critical, but stable, condition on Friday. At P.J.’s funeral, the crowd erupted into cheers when they were told Mikayla had been moved out of the intensive care unit.