Riverhead - (WALK) The Brooklyn woman, accused of killing a neighbor then distributing dismembered body parts on Long Island is behind bars after pleading not guilty at her arraignment Thursday in Riverhead.
Leah Cuevas, 42, is charged with second degree murder in the death of Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, 27. Browne, an immigrant from Guyana and mother of four was last seen alive in Brooklyn on July 5; her torso and severed legs were found in Bay Shore, near the Fire Island ferry terminal, on July 8, her arms and her head were later recovered a separate locations in Hempstead on July 8, 10 and 17.
Police say the two women had a confrontation over rent Browne allegedly owed to Cuevas. Prosecutors say Cuevas killed Browne in Suffolk County on or about July 8. Investigators say there were as many as 40 stab wounds to Browne's chest and torso.
Shortly after Cuevas' arrest on July 23, a cab driver recognized her mug shot in area newspapers and told his employers he drove her from Brooklyn to Brentwood, and helped her carry a heavy bag, according to police.
Investigators found Browne's blood during a search of Cuevas' apartment on July 10, according to a statement from the Suffolk district attorney's office.
Cuevas is being held without bail.