The suspect in the murder of an 18-year-old Lynbrook woman was indicted Friday.
Maxwell Sherman, 18, of Long Beach, was formally accused by a grand jury in the death of Lauren Daverin.
"An indictment is evidence of nothing, it is not evidence of a crime or anything like that," said Garden City-based attorney William Petrillo who is representing Sherman. "It's just the accusatory instrument that moves the case forward."
Sherman was arrested last week and charged with second-degree murder and invoked his right to a speedy trial on Wednesday. If he had not been indicted Friday, Petrillo said he would have applied for a release.
The specifics of the official charges are sealed with Sherman's indictment. DA representatives saidthose details will be unsealed on his arraignment day, though that exact date has not yet been announced.
Sherman was arrested Saturday and charged by police in Daverin's murder. Daverin, a newlywed from Lynbrook, was reportedly found at 10 p.m. Thursday on a footbridge between Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre. Witnesses said she had been stripped of her clothes and beaten.
Sherman had been interviewed by reporters before his arrest and said he was "amazed" and "surprised" by her death.