The estranged husband of a woman found dead in a Staten Island storage facility is facing murder charges along with his girlfriend — who the New York Post reports is six months pregnant.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Michael Cammarata and his girlfriend Ayisha Egea have both been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Staten Island teacher Jeanne Cammarata, a 37-year-old mother of three. The victim and the suspect reportedly separated in 2016, and she Jeanne filed divorce papers on Thursday — two days before she was last seen alive.
According to the New York Post, prosecutors have claimed that Egea, who is reportedly six months pregnant, and Michael Cammarata killed Jeanne Cammarata sometime between Saturday and Monday at Michael’s home in Far Rockaway, Queens. The couple then allegedly burned the victim’s body and brought it in a plastic bag to a storage unit the Arden Heights neighborhood in Staten Island, where police discovered it Thursday — along with multiple air fresheners the couple is believed to have used to try and cover up the smell.
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The New York Post reports that the victim’s remains were so badly burned that authorities needed dental records to confirm a positive ID.
Despite reports that Egea was seen on surveillance video along with Michael Cammarata transporting a large bag to the storage facility, a friend insisted to the post that the pregnant woman did not assist in the murder.
“She didn’t do it. The man admitted to doing it by himself. The police are trying to charge her saying she knew about it, and that’s why she is being charged,” Enzo Ramos told the New York Post.
“She will be beating the charges and released. She was home the entire time, and the cameras of the [apartment] complex prove she was not with him.”
In addition to second-degree murder, both suspects are reportedly charged with concealing a human corpse and tampering with evidence. Both are being held without bond.