Accused Irish killer Gary McGurk claims innocence
“I went to Starbucks in Sunnyside. It was closed. I walked to 32nd Street and Queens Boulevard. And back to 58th Street and to Maurice Park and then along the LIE all the way to Juniper Park,” said McGurk, retracing his steps of that Saturday night.
He said police officers asked him to leave the park and he got home about 4:45 a.m.
When police asked McGurk if he went to Lee’s apartment the same night he replied, “I walked to her block and on it but I did not go in to her apartment.”
McGurk later added that he met Michelle after 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, “around the corner from CVS” because she was supposed to give him the remaining $500 she owed him. Lee, according to McGurk, was unable to come up with the money because she had rent and bills to pay.
McGurk said he understood. “I got to her apartment door and she said she had company and said goodnight and walked off,” he said.
Lee then apparently called McGurk on his cell at 3:56 a.m.
McGurk, who said he was inside Lee’s apartment approximately 10 times since she moved in March, said on Sunday he helped “set up radio for my father’s Gaelic soccer” and then spent the rest of he evening with his father at his uncle’s bar.
McGurk told police in April, “If I were to have done this to Michelle I would not only embarrass myself but I would also embarrass my family.
“Whatever happened to Michelle, whether it was an accident or on purpose does not matter. There is no explanation. If I did it I would deserve to be put away.”
McGurk was arrested and charged with Lee’s murder on Thursday, May 21. He was charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of tampering with physical evidence and two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
When arrested in May, McGurk, frustrated, told Detective Edward Wilkowski and Detective Edwyn Stuart that police had made it “impossible for me to do what I need to do with her family. To pay my respects ... I’ll always be stigmatized as the guilty one.”
He said it was his mother who hired a lawyer, not him. “You are Irish, you know, if you have trouble, the family is there for you. I can’t help what my mother does,” he said.
McGurk told police this whole ordeal has been very difficult on him.
“I can’t process this. I hold it all together. I have been in religion and out of religion. I studied for the priesthood. I have a conscious. If I had something to get out my chest I would,” he added.
McGurk said the police were picking on only a few facts.
“I spoke to you freely and then you use truth I tell you against me. That's why people lie,” McGurk told police.
“You concentrate on three of four lines of what I said to you, instead of everything I said to you. You read it. You know what's there. You just don't care. You give me that psychobabble and try to be my friend. I didn't tell you everything all at once because I had to build trust with you.”
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