MINEOLA - The suspect accused of killing a Lynbrook teen faced a judge today as friends and family said a final farewell to the victim.
Lauren Daverin, 18, was laid to rest today in Hicksville. The newlywed was strangled to death on a Rockville Centre footbridge last week, authorities say.
Prosecutors say 18-year-old Maxwell Sherman murdered Daverin. He is being held without bail.
Sherman's attorney William Petrillo says there is a chance that his client could be out of jail by the end of the week if prosecutors don't take swift action.
"We've asked for what's known as a felony exam, which requires the prosecution in this case to either indict him by Friday or we have application that he be released at that point," Petrillo says.
Two brothers say they were part of a small group hanging out with Daverin on the night she was killed. They say they left to get food and returned to find Daverin's body. Her clothes were in a pile next to her.
Petrillo says Sherman had been living at his parents' rental home in Long Beach for the summer. He isn't saying what Sherman may have been doing in Rockville Centre the night of Daverin's murder or whether he knew the young woman, but he says there's a "strong and viable defense."
Sherman is due back in court Friday.