February 9, 2005
Murder Suspect Could Face Death Penalty
The two 23-year-old suspects in a string of jewel heists that left three people dead in Connecticut and New York were arraigned Feb. 9 at a Nassau County, NY, hospital. Nicole Pearce and Christopher DiMeo were hospitalized yesterday at Nassau University Medical Center due to narcotic withdrawal, according to local news reports.
DiMeo is suspected of killing a husband and wife, Timothy and Kimberly Ann Donnelly, in their Fairfield, CT, jewelry store in a robbery last week. DeMeo was charged with a capitol felony in Connecticut and could face the death penalty. Connecticut prosecutor Jonathan Benedict said he plans to talk to authorities in New York to decide which state will try the pair first.
Both Pearce and DiMeo are also charged with the murder of 48-year-old Thomas Renison. He was the store manager shot dead on December 21st in the J&J Jewelers in Glen Head, NY.
DiMeo's mother, 40-year-old Maryann Taylor-Casey has been arraigned on murder and robbery charges in the Renison killing case. Police say she helped Pearce case the jewelry store and acted as the getaway driver.