Illegal Immigrant Murders Helpless Woman

Written by commonsensejournal on December 28th, 2006

The New York Post has a disturbing story about an illegal immigrant who murdered a woman because he was in a “bad mood.”  Illegal immigrant Diego Pillco murdered actress Adrienne Shelly. This story really speaks for itself:

December 14, 2006 — Actress Adrienne Shelly’s alleged killer told police he came to his Greenwich Village construction job in “a bad mood” and picked a fight with the petite woman after she politely asked him to quiet down, court documents say.

Diego Pillco, an illegal immigrant from Ecuador, said he hit Shelly with a door while slamming it and pushed her out of an apartment where he was spackling walls and hammering at around 10 a.m. on Nov. 1.

Shelly, 40, who used an apartment in the building as an office, put up a valiant fight, first in the doorway and later in her own apartment. She struck the diminutive construction worker twice in the face, leaving scratches on his nose.

Pillco became enraged after Shelly called him a “son of a bitch,” police sources said after his arrest.

In his confession, Pillco said he overpowered the tiny independent-film star, who struck her head on a table when he pushed her down in her apartment.

Pillco said he panicked, and hanged the woman – who may have still been alive – in her bathroom with a bed sheet to cover up the crime. He apparently hoped to make it seem like suicide.

“She hit her head on the computer table and fell on the floor,” Pillco, 19, told a detective, according to a criminal complaint.

Thinking she was already dead, Pillco said he “dragged her to the bathroom” and “threw the sheet over the rail and pulled it.”

Pillco said he followed Shelly from the Abingdon Square apartment where he was working to Shelly’s apartment upstairs because he feared she would call police and have him deported.

He entered the United States from Mexico in 2005 after paying smugglers $12,000, law-enforcement sources have said.

Shelly’s husband, Andrew Ostroy, discovered her dead later that afternoon. At first police thought she killed herself, until they discovered mysterious footprints on the toilet seat in Shelly’s bathroom. Shelly had been wearing flip-flops that had apparently fallen off.

Despite his detailed confession, Pillco, facing a second-degree murder charge, pleaded not guilty yesterday in Criminal Court, where he was ordered held without bail.

 Here’s a photo of this animal. What a coward.

It’s very left wing to excuse murder (“I was in a bad mood”). I hope this coward rots in prison for the rest of his miserable life. There is NO excuse for murder, especially a helpless woman. He also tried to make it look like a suicide.

From the New York Daily News:

The construction worker accused of killing indie actress .Adrienne Shelly tied a sheet around her neck, dragged the unconscious woman to a bathroom – and strung her up while she was still breathing, sources said yesterday.

Then 19-year-old illegal immigrant Diego Pillco fled the West Village building and calmly went to work at another job site – leaving her to die in what originally appeared to be a suicide, the sources said.

“This woman did not die from a strike to her head,” Assistant District Attorney Marit DeLozier said as Pillco was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court.

Pillco “fought with the victim, tied a sheet around her neck and dragged her to the bathroom and hanged her from the curtain rod,” DeLozier said.

Calling the case against the suspect “strong,” DeLozier said the medical examiner “made it clear, crystal clear, that this victim died from compression to her neck.”

“The defendant killed the victim and made it look like a suicide, which is especially egregious,” she said.

Pillco told cops he was renovating an apartment directly below the flat Shelly used as an office last Wednesday when she came down to complain about the noise and they got into a screaming match.

The Ecuadoran immigrant confessed he threw a hammer at the 40-year-old married mom and – fearing that he might be deported – followed her upstairs when she threatened to call police, he told cops.

When they reached her door, Pillco said Shelly slapped him and he knocked her out with a punch. Then, unable to detect a heartbeat, Pillco said he dragged her to the bathroom to stage a suicide, sources said.

But in doing so, Pillco stood on the toilet and left behind a sneaker print that cops used to tie him to the cold-blooded crime, sources said.

Pillco said nothing at the hearing and did not enter a plea.

His Legal Aid lawyer, Thomas Klein, asked that the slightly built suspect be placed in protective custody and on suicide watch – standard procedure for high profile prisoners.

Meanwhile, Shelly’s heartbroken husband, Andrew Ostroy, who had insisted that his wife would never kill herself, was left to mourn the actress, best known for roles in indie hits like “Trust,” “Teresa’s Tattoo” and last year’s “Factotum.”

“He’s still in shock,” a family friend said. “I don’t know if he’ll ever get over this.”

The 47-year-old marketing executive who runs a liberal blog was holed up in his Tribeca loft with the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Sophie. In Jericho, L.I., where Shelly grew up, her mother, Elaine Langbaum, sat shiva.

Pillco worked for a Brooklyn-based construction firm called the BCG, which issued a statement saying the suspect worked only part time “because of his immigrant status.”

Pillco lived with his brother, Wilson, in the basement of a building on the outskirts of Park Slope owned by his employer. And residents said he worked every day of the week except Saturday – and then toiled as the building’s unofficial super.

Neighbor Delmi Restituyo, 32, said Pillco told her he paid $12,000 to get smuggled into the U.S. in July. “He worked so hard to support his family and pay off his debt,” said Restituyo, 32.

At the Abingdon Square building where Shelly was murdered, some residents remembered Pillco differently. “I was walking down the stairs and I felt his stare,” said Sara Moore, 72. “Only a woman would know.”

If we would just SECURE OUR BORDERS and BUILD A FENCE to keep murderers like this OUT then this would have never happened.  A person that flouts a very important law (controlling who is in the country and not letting people skip ahead of the line because of their race or nationality) is also more likely to flout another law, like don’t kill.  But there are already very good reasons to secure our borders even if they are not all murderers.  But perhaps the survivors of this poor woman should sue the construction company that hired him illegally as an accessory to murder.

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