Rex Heuermann, the alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer was on Tuesday, January 16, hit with a fourth murder charge by prosecutors.
Heuermann is accused of killing Maureen Brainard-Barnes, a woman who has long been tied to the Gilgo Beach case.
Maureen disappeared in 2007, and her remains were found in 2010. She was technically the first of the Gilgo Four that was discovered within days of each other, with the other three women being Megan Waterman, Amber Costello and Melissa Barthelemy.
Heuermann had been charged in connection to their murders, and there are outstanding disappearances of women that are currently being investigated which may also be linked to the suspect.
The suspect was handed the fourth murder charge after investigators received DNA test results from hair recovered from her remains.
Heuermann pled not guilty to the charges against him and he will have to answer for the new murder charge at some point down the line.
His defense lawyers have thus far cast doubt on the DNA testing being conducted, arguing the tech is faulty and that it doesn’t provide a smoking gun but simply eliminates other possibilities. Basically, they’re saying cops have falsely landed on him as being their guy.