LONG Island serial killer suspect Rex Heuermann has been spotted staring directly at his wife, Asa Ellerup, at a court hearing on Wednesday.
A snapped shot of the suspected murderer, clad in a suit with a green tie, saw him issue a sharp glance to his right where Ellerup was sat, per a post on X, formerly Twitter, from New York City outlet WPIX.
Ellerup’s expression in response to Heuermann’s gaze was allegedly a slight smile, according to Fox News.
Even so, Heuermann’s lawyer, Michael Brown, told the outlet that he’s unsure if the suspected killer did indeed see his wife, but he knew of her presence and “appreciated” that she was in attendance.
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“I don’t know if he actually saw her, but he’s appreciative that she’s here,” Brown told reporters after the hearing concluded.
“And listen, they were married for so many years, and they raised a family together.”
Brown added: “And my understanding is, is that she doesn’t believe that he was capable or committed these acts.”
Ellerup also visited Heuermann, 59, in prison last week, again another first for her since he was arrested and charged with murdering Megan Waterman, 22; Melissa Barthelemy, 24; and Amber Lynn Costello, 27.
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Each was found dead along Gilgo Beach in late 2010.
Heuermann pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Ellerup filed for divorce only days after her husband was charged.
Heuermann is also the suspect in the killing of a fourth woman, 25-year-old Maureen Brainard-Barnes, whose remains were also located along Gilgo Beach.
As The U.S. Sun previously reported, he was also allegedly spotted with Shannan Gilbert, a sex worker who vanished in May 2010 and whose remains were among the at least 10 bodies discovered in the area.
The U.S. Sun was also first to reveal in September that Heuermann is being investigated in connection with the murder of Carmen Vargas, another sex worker strangled to death and left on the side of the road in Freeport, New York, in 1989.
It’s unclear if Heuermann and Ellerup discussed any of his alleged involvement in the murders, but Brown claimed the pair “talked” during the prison visit for at least an hour, according to Fox News.
“You have to remember that Rex is in a section of the jail that’s really isolation,” the lawyer said in response to a question after Wednesday’s hearing.
“So other than the correctional officers and myself, he hasn’t really had any interaction with anybody.”
He continued: “So the fact that his wife, his family member, was able to see him, and they talked, that was important to him.”
Ellerup supposedly attended the court hearing on Wednesday and visited Heuermann at prison partially due to being under contract with a production company that plans on releasing a series about the case, according to what her attorney, Bob Macedonio, told ABC News.
Upon arriving at the courthouse, Ellerup could also be seen with a cameraman following her in the backseat of a Mercedes, seemingly for the upcoming show.
Macedonio also walked with her inside, and she was allegedly seen remaining stoic and relatively “emotionless” for most of the hearing.
She will reportedly attend every court hearing in the coming months to understand the evidence against Heuermann.
“The only thing she knows about this case is what’s been reported in the media,” Ellerup’s lawyer said of her knowledge of the case in a conversation with Daily Mail.
“If this happened, he was living a complete double life.”
Wednesday’s hearing was intended to work out scheduling between attorneys for the prosecution and defense.
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Brown also requested notes at the hearing on another suspect who was almost arrested in the Gilgo Beach murders case, according to WPIX.
Heuermann’s next scheduled court appearance is on February 6, 2024.
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