Man pleads not guilty in Bay Shore slayings of woman, toddler

The man accused of violently killing his ex-girlfriend and her toddler son back in December pleaded not guilty in a Riverhead courtroom today. Prosecutors say

RIVERHEAD - The man accused of violently killing his ex-girlfriend and her toddler son back in December pleaded not guilty in a Riverhead courtroom today. Prosecutors say Jerry A. Lewis stabbed 21-year-old Shakeela Planter in her Bay Shore basement apartment just days before Christmas last year. They say Lewis also fatally beat her son, 23-month-old Jaiden, in an "extremely vicious manner." According to authorities, Lewis wrapped Planter's body in plastic bags and left it on her bed. They say he stuck the infant's body inside a bag and placed it in the kitchen freezer. Prosecutors say Lewis continued to live in Planter's apartment with the bodies for at least three days before traveling to his mother's home in Maryland. There, investigators say Lewis confessed to the killings to relatives, who brought him to a local police department.Lewis pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and was ordered held without bail. His attorney says he will likely ask for a psychological evaluation.Man accused in Bay Shore murders held without bond in MDArrest made in North Bay Shore murders of mom, toddlerPolice: Mother, child found dead in North Bay Shore

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Nassau Police are investigating a multi-vehicle accident that 1 Police: 1 person killed in multi-vehicle LIE accident
Long Islander Stefan Hespeler raises awareness about veteran 2 12 Making a Difference: Mission 22
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday 3 NY AG, Education Dept. reaffirm support for transgender students
The state lists it as an inactive hazardous 4 DEC declares Hicksville property a Class 2 Superfund site
The department told News 12 that it is 5 Nassau PD not assisting gov't with undocumented immigrant arrests

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE