District Attorney Robert Morgenthau labeled Dimitri Sheinman the prime suspect in the Sarah Fox murder. However, Sheinman was never charged with the crime.
The decomposed body of the Julliard drama student was stripped of clothes and left in a "posed" position with tulip-tree blossoms sprinkled around it in a heavily wooded section of Inwood Hill Park in northern Manhattan. She was found in May 2004.
The NY Post reported last week:
The prime suspect in the grisly ritual murder of a Juilliard student is getting his day in court — but on unrelated charges he punched a man in the same park where the strangled woman's body was found..
In the unconnected misdemeanor assault case, Sheinman allegedly attacked dog owner Rene Perez, 57, who interceded when the suspect's large Rhodesian Ridgeback grabbed a woman's Chihuahua by the neck last April.
[On Monday, Jan. 23, 2006] both sides agreed to go to trial in Manhattan Criminal Court. No date has been set.
Sheinman is out on $5,000 bail and has been flying back and forth from South Africa, where he now lives, to keep court dates stemming from the fracas.
Sarah Fox Murder Case: Cold and close to forgotten [TJN, Dec. 2, 2005]
One Year Later, And Still No Arrest In Brutal Murder [abcnews/crimeandjustice.us, July 1, 2005]
Prime Suspect Identified in Sarah Fox Murder Investigation [TJN, Dec. 7, 2004]
Sarah Fox [anglesmissing.com]
Sarah Fox murder case grows cold and reward is raised [TJN, Nov. 21, 2004]
Sarah Fox Murder Mystery Update [TJN, June 9, 2004]
Juilliard Student Murder Mystery - Sarah Fox [TJN, May 28, 2004]
Body of Sarah Fox ID'd; Death Ruled A Homicide [Gothamist, May 27, 2004]
update Feb. 7, 2006, Dmitri Sheinman was convicted of assault on Monday, Feb. 6, 2005 in Criminal Court in Manhattan.
CBS-TV reported yesterday:
The prime suspect in the murder of Julliard student Sarah Fox is found guilty of a different assault.
Dmitri Sheinman was involved in a scuffle at Inwood Hill Park last April with a man who was walking his dog. That man, Rene Perez, told police he was chasing his dog up a hill when Sheinman began to kick the dog.
When Perez told him to stop, Sheinman kicked him in the back. He was convicted Monday, after the jury needed less than a day to come to a decision.
Sheinman is still the prime, and only, suspect in the Sarah Fox case. Sheinman has never been charged with the murder of the 21-year-old, whose dead body was found in Inwood Hill Park in May 2004...
Sheinman's family moved to South Africa after the crime. He is now out on $100,000 bail, and is due back in court in the next few weeks. He could spend one year in jail for the assault conviction.
Fox Murder Suspect Dimitry Sheinman convicted of assault [TJN, Feb. 7, 2006]
A Killing Looms Large Over a Case of Assault [NY Times, Feb. 7, 2006]