Boyfriend charged with murdering girlfriend, dumping body in Queens

(NY DAILY NEWS) – A pregnant nurse practitioner never made it home from a night at her boyfriend’s home.

Goey “Joey” Charles, 29, of Uniondale, L.I., was arrested for strangling his girlfriend of a year and callously dumping her body on the sidewalk near a Queens expressway, police said Tuesday.

Vanessa Pierre, a Hempstead resident just three months away from delivering the couple’s child, was found facedown on the side of Horace Harding Expressway near Bell Blvd. in Bayside around 6 a.m. Friday.

Charles stopped his girlfriend’s white 2019 Dodge Challenger on the expressway about 2:50 a.m., climbed out from behind the wheel and got into the backseat with Pierre, prosecutors said.

At that point, Pierre could be seen moving about in the back seat, said a news release from Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

“And then soon afterwards, all movement stopped and the victim appeared to lay across the backseat motionless,” the DA’s statement said.

At about 4:38 a.m., Charles got out of the car and dragged the woman from the car, the DA said.

About two minutes later, Charles drove away, leaving his pregnant girlfriend to die on the sidewalk, about 18 miles from his home, said Katz.

About 90 minutes later, a passerby found the victim with a pair of grey sweatpants wrapped around her throat, authorities said.

She was dressed in pajamas with an orange shirt and a sock on one foot, said a police source.

“This is a heartbreaking case,” said Katz. “A pregnant woman was allegedly killed by this defendant — the father of her unborn child. Her family is devastated. The defendant … will answer for his alleged actions.”

Cops released the video footage Tuesday as they announced Charles’ arrest — and as the victim’s devastated family mourned the loss of a daughter and an unborn grandchild.

Ten outraged and grieving relatives appeared at the suspect’s arraignment in Queens Criminal Court, where Charles was held without bail pending a Thursday hearing.

“He’s trying to say he’s innocent,” said Melissa Pierre, the dead woman’s sister. “They showed him in a video of when my sister was alive … and then dragging her out of the car dead. He killed her in the car.”

Charles, who told investigators that he hadn’t seen the victim in a week, was arrested Monday evening. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder after the Medical Examiner ruled the case a homicide. The cause of death was cited as asphyxia due to compression of the neck.

Defense attorney Matt Thomas insisted that his client was innocent.

The murder suspect’s mother told the Daily News on Monday that the victim stayed over at the family’s house the night before the 29-year-old homicide victim’s remains were found.

“He said, ‘Momma, don’t make any noise, my wife is sleeping,’” recalled Marjorie Charles, 48, shaking her head in disbelief. “Now Joey’s going to kill his wife? I don’t know what’s going on.”

Her son claimed that he dropped Pierre off at her mother’s house, although the victim’s white Dodge Charger was still parked Monday in the Charles family’s driveway when Charles was taken away by police for questioning.

The suspect’s aunt insisted she saw no signs of impending trouble between the couple.

“No, never,” said Nerlyne Charles. “That’s why I’m shocked about that. It’s my nephew. I want to know what’s really going on. We can’t sit like something’s not happening … Is she really dead, for real? Why would someone do that?”