CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A possible motive has been revealed in the vicious murder of a Brooklyn mother.
Leah Cuevas, of Brooklyn, faced a judge Thursday. She is charged in the alleged killing and dismemberment of a woman whose body parts were found scattered around Long Island earlier this month.READ MORE: Coroner Confirms Remains Found Are Gabby Petito's, Says Manner Of Death Is A Homicide As Search Resumes For Brian Laundrie
Cuevas pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne. The judge ordered Cuevas held without bail.
Investigators believe that Browne threatened to expose a secret and sent Cuevas into a violent rage.
Police said that Cuevas had been posing as the landlord of the Brownsville apartment where Browne lived. Investigators told CBS 2 that Cuevas was not the landlord, but had forged the deed for the property naming her the owner when the real owner died.
Investigators said that Cuevas, 42, attacked Browne when she threatened to expose her. The alleged attack is believed to have happened in Cuevas’ apartment.