A Port Jefferson Station, New York man was charged Tuesday after allegedly hitting and choking another man outside the shared home, stripping the man of his clothes and urinating on his unconscious body before dying five days later.
Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney announced that Felix Martinez, 46, was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder.
Martinez is accused of murdering 56-year-old Richard Shields, who died after a brutal attack outside the home the two men shared.
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“Richard Shields suffered brutal and fatal injuries after this defendant allegedly assaulted him,” Tierney said. “My office will continue to work hard to ensure proper justice. We will not allow individuals to commit such acts of violence in Suffolk County without facing significant consequences.”
Investigators allege that Martinez confronted Shields just after noon on August 4, 2023 outside the home where they lived on Jarvin Road in Port Jefferson Station.
A neighbor’s home surveillance system recorded the alleged incident and the footage was obtained by investigators.
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Footage, investigators claim, shows Shield sitting in a chair outside the house when Martinez confronted him.
Martinez then allegedly repeatedly punched, choked and stomped on Shields for the next 15 minutes before hitting him in the head with a mop bucket.
Towards the end of the attack, investigators allege that Martinez Shields stripped of his clothes and urinated on him while he was unconscious on the ground.
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The prosecutor’s office said when Suffolk County police arrived at the scene, they saw Martinez outside the house smoking a cigar. Shields was unconscious and through Martinez’s performance.
Martinez was arrested and Shields was taken to a nearby hospital.
On Aug. 9, the victim died from injuries sustained in Martinez’s attack, the prosecutor’s office added.
The suspect was arraigned on Tuesday before Suffolk County Superior Court Judge John B. Collins on the charges.
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Martinez was held without bail and his next court date is September 22nd. If found guilty on the highest charge, he could be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.