An 83-year-old convicted killer out on parole was charged with murder Thursday after a dismembered body was found on a busy street in Brooklyn, New York.
“Last week, my office charged Harvey Marcelin with allegedly concealing the severed head of a woman in her home and discarding the victim’s torso in a bag on the street,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez tweeted Thursday afternoon.
“Today, the grand jury indicted Harvey Marcelin for murder, and my office is committed to vigorously seeking justice. The facts of this horrific case are gruesome and unsettling and my heart is with the victim’s family and friends,” Gonzalez said.
The unidentified woman’s body, which was missing limbs and its head, was in a garbage bag in a shopping cart on a busy Brooklyn street when a person discovered it March 3, NBC New York reported.
Marcelin was arrested the next day, court records show, and charged with one count of concealment of a human corpse.
“The cause and manner of death are pending further study,” the chief medical examiner’s office said in an email.
Police said they were investigating whether a severed leg found in Brooklyn days later belonged to the same victim.
In 1963, Harvey Marcelin was sentenced to 20 years to life for a murder conviction, court documents show. He was paroled in 1984.
Court documents show Marcelin returned to prison in 1986 to serve a six- to 12-year sentence on a separate manslaughter conviction.
Marcelin became eligible for parole in 1991, which he was first granted in 2019.
Marcelin’s attorney, Alison Stocking, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Tim Fitzsimons is a reporter for NBC News. he/him