In a disturbing case that has gripped New York City, Goey Charles, 33, was convicted of the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Vanessa Pierre. Charles, residing in Uniondale, Nassau County, now faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, as stated by Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz. His sentencing is scheduled for November 29, as reported by Patch.com.
In the fall of 2020, a grim discovery was made on a road in Bayside, Queens. The body of 29-year-old Vanessa Pierre was found, marking a tragic end to what had been a year-long relationship with Charles.
According to prosecutors, the victim was still alive when she was put into Charles’s car, a white Dodge Challenger registered in his name. Surveillance footage later captured Charles removing Pierre’s body from the back seat of this car and abandoning her on the Horace Harding Expressway.
An MTA bus driver found Pierre less than two hours after she was left there. It was dawn, and she was lying on the ground, a pair of gray sweatpants wrapped around her neck. Emergency services pronounced her dead at the scene.
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“We achieved justice for Vanessa,” proclaimed prosecutor Katz. “The verdict does not bring her back, but it does hold her killer accountable. We will ask the court to send the defendant to prison for a long time for the brutality and callousness he showed in murdering and abandoning the lifeless body of his girlfriend, the woman who was to be the mother of his child.”
The night before the murder, Charles had been at the family home of the victim, her mother disclosed. However, a clear motive for this heinous crime has yet to be revealed.
In light of this tragedy, authorities urge anyone who is a victim of abuse or suspects someone is being abused, especially minors or the elderly, to seek help. They recommend calling 911, 988, or (800)-942-6906, texting “WELL” to 65173, and reviewing information at https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/