Denise’s murder trial is delayed

The trial of a woman accused of murdering a Garswood holidaymaker in the US has been adjourned until April.
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Denise Webster

Denise Webster, 61, died from a knife wound to the chest while a guest at her alleged assailant’s home in New York State.

The prime suspect, 67-year-old Faye Doomchin, denies second degree murder.

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This month was due to see the start at New York State Supreme Court of a “bench trial” - one which dispenses with a jury at the defendant’s request, if approved by a judge.

District attorneys have now been appointed both to prosecute and defend the case but at a hearing this week, it was mutually agreed that the case would have to be postponed until a date yet to be fixed in April due to scheduling issues.

Doomchin remains remanded in custody.

Denise had travelled to America to see an Adam Lambert concert in August 2018 and, during her three-week break in Queen’s, police said she had gone for lunch with her male host to Doomchin’s home in Great Neck, Long Island, where they had a coffee and listened to the man play the piano. But then events took a violent and tragic turn.

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Det Lt Stephen Fitzpatrick, of Nassau County police, later issued a statement which read: “While they were sitting in the living room, they were talking and Doomchin made statements that she did not like the woman from England.

“At around 3.50pm, Doomchin claimed she needed to rid the house of evil.’

“She then appeared from the kitchen with a kitchen knife, walked right over to her and stabbed her in the chest.”

Denise was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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“We have nothing to indicate anything that would have sparked this incident, ” said Mr Fitzpatrick.

“The two women had never met before.

“They just met that day, had lunch and this incident happened.”

It was later revealed by Denise’s widower Tommy that his wife had only months earlier been given the all-clear after a five-year cancer battle.