Gilgo Beach Serial Killer Suspect Transfers Home to Estranged Wife Amid Murder Trial, Wife Attends Court Appearance

Nov 16, 2023, 11:00 AM

Accused Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann, who is facing charges related to the murders of three women more than a decade ago, recently transferred ownership of his Long Island home to his estranged wife, Asa Ellerup. The move comes as Heuermann remains behind bars, and the trial for his alleged crimes is underway. Ellerup, who is closely following the proceedings, attended her husband's court appearance today.
 Heuermann, 60, signed over the deed of his Massapequa Park house to Ellerup in September, naming her the sole owner, according to documents obtained by the US Sun. The transfer of ownership was finalized on October 5, and this property had been a focal point of the police investigation into the long-unsolved murders.
 The home, which Heuermann had purchased for $170,000 in 1994, had appreciated in value to approximately $530,000 this year. Following Heuermann's arrest in July, Ellerup and their two adult children, Christopher and Victoria, were forced to leave the property while police executed search warrants and combed through it for potential evidence related to the murders.
 Ellerup, who filed for divorce about a week after her husband's arrest, recently visited Heuermann in jail for the first time since his incarceration. Her lawyer, Robert Macedonio, confirmed her intention to attend her estranged husband's trial, stating, "She wants to make her own judgment based on the evidence presented at trial."
 In addition to the property transfer, Ellerup has filed court documents demanding the return of her husband's extensive collection of legally purchased firearms, as well as any outstanding jewelry, clothing, and cash that were removed from their home during the police search.
 Today, Asa Ellerup was present in court during her husband's trial. She appeared somber as she walked in with her legal team and did not make eye contact with any of the members of the media lined up at the courthouse.
 Ellerup and Heuermann reportedly locked eyes when he was escorted out in handcuffs. The accused killer's longtime spouse remained composed as her husband flashed her several glances, and she appeared to smile at him.
 She then frowned after he turned to face the judge.
 Alongside members of her legal team, and possibly a producer for a documentary, Ellerup sat in the third row and listened intently throughout the proceeding.
 After the proceeding ended, she exited the courthouse without issuing a comment and was driven away in a white SUV.
 Rex Heuermann's attorney, Michael Brown, informed the judge during the proceeding that his team had not yet received the full minutes from the grand jury that voted to indict his client. He said 75 pages were missing.
 He also asked for investigation discovery dating back to 2010 and lab report results, which he said were important to have before the trial moved forward.
 Prosecutors informed the judge that they provided 200 pages of information and 13,000 photos to Brown on October 17. They said they would send the missing 75 pages sometime in the future.
 The judge, Timothy Mazzei of Suffolk County, appeared surprised by the amount of evidence that had been exchanged.
 Heuermann's next court date is scheduled for February 6, 2024, as the legal proceedings continue.
 It was also revealed that Ellerup has begun collaborating with a documentary crew, possibly for a project following her journey during Heuermann's trial. Her presence in court and her personal exploration of the evidence highlight the complex and emotional nature of this high-profile murder case.
 Rex Heuermann has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, which include the murders of Megan Waterman, Melissa Barthelemy, and Amber Lynn Costello, whose bodies were found on Gilgo Beach in 2010. He is also considered the prime suspect in the killing of Maureen Brainard-Barnes, whose body was discovered near the others.
 Ellerup's visit to her former home, where her children still reside, hints at the ongoing impact of these chilling crimes on the lives of those involved. As the trial unfolds, the public and media will continue to closely follow this case, seeking justice and answers to the mysteries that have haunted Gilgo Beach for years.
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