The ex-NYPD cop accused of almost hacking his aged mom’s head off with a machete in Queens final yr has been indicted on a homicide cost, prosecutors mentioned Thursday.
Osvaldo Diaz, 46, used the weapon to stab and slash his 78-year-old mom Maria Diaz, leaving her bleeding to dying contained in the second-floor residence they shared above a magnificence salon on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica on Feb. 24, authorities mentioned.
Diaz, who was employed by the NYPD in July 2005 and fired in January 2008, was busted in New Jersey simply over per week after the slaying and extradited to Queens Wednesday, the Queens DA’s workplace mentioned.
He was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on a three-count indictment, with second-degree homicide as the highest cost, in line with the DA’s workplace. He has additionally been charged with two counts of legal possession of a weapon within the fourth diploma, prosecutors mentioned.
Diaz was ordered held with out bail, the DA’s workplace mentioned.
The day of the slaying, Osvaldo’s sister was visiting, and the 2 girls had deliberate to run errands and take a stroll, in line with the DA’s workplace.
However when the youthful lady arrived and known as her mom on her cellphone, nobody answered.
Finally, she found her mom’s physique bleeding and wrapped in bedding, in line with prosecutors.
“The defendant allegedly attacked his mom with a machete – to the purpose of near-decapitation,” Queens DA Melinda Katz mentioned in an announcement. “This outburst of violence has devastated the sufferer’s household, which incorporates her different six kids. The defendant fled the state however was apprehended and extradited to Queens.”
Decide Ushir Pandit-Durant ordered Diaz to return to court docket on Feb. 17. If convicted, he may spend 25 years to life behind bars.
Diaz didn’t battle extradition, and the precise cause for the delay in his return to New York was unclear.