A gentle-mannered Brooklyn bookkeeper was ordered held with out bail Sunday within the grisly stabbing dying of his bare roommate — because the suspect’s lawyer referred to as his consumer’s alleged bloody act “an aberration.”
Vito Bauza, 56, is charged with homicide for allegedly slashing Ernest Diaz, 40, in a frenzy on the suspect’s Bay Ridge residence constructing Friday afternoon.
Diaz stumbled out of the constructing’s elevator bare and coated in blood earlier than collapsing within the foyer.
Bauza turned himself in to cops the following day.
Outdoors the Brooklyn courthouse Sunday, protection lawyer Arthur Aidala mentioned his consumer had identified Diaz “for a really, very very long time,” and referred to as his alleged lethal outburst “an aberration” and “so out of character for him.
“He’s a really first rate human being who was apparently concerned in an incident that took seconds,” Aidala mentioned. “It’s not like he’s a violent particular person or an aggressive particular person in any means, form, or kind.
“I believe it’s going to change into some domestic-violence state of affairs,” he added. “There are numerous defenses, clearly together with self-defense.”
In keeping with police sources, Diaz, whose final identified handle was in Queens, had been residing with Bauza on the time.
A constructing custodian beforehand advised The Publish that Diaz took the elevator down from the fifth-floor residence shortly earlier than 3 p.m. Friday earlier than stumbling bloodied into the foyer.
“He had stab wounds throughout,” the custodian mentioned.
Diaz was taken to Lutheran Hospital, the place he was pronounced lifeless.
In court docket, Bauza, whose household was there for his arraignment, wore a Tyvek-style jumpsuit and didn’t communicate in the course of the temporary continuing.
Brooklyn Supreme Court docket Decide Edgar Walker ordered him held with out bail pending a return court docket look within the case Dec. 3.
“I wasn’t going to ask for bail right now,” Aidala advised The Publish. “We’ve to regroup and see if there’s a actual risk for bail.”
Bauza’s household snapped at reporters however didn’t touch upon the case.
“He’s my nephew,” his aunt mentioned. “He’s particular person.”