Over 40 Illegally Owned Firearms Discovered in Gilgo Beach Murder Case Evidence


More than 40 firearms alongside 10 high-capacity magazines were discovered, illegally possessed, prosecutors revealed during a recent filing pertaining to New York’s Gilgo Beach killings case at Suffolk County’s court. These weapons surfaced in a contentious court struggle following an appeal by defense attorneys representing the accused, Rex Heuermann, to reclaim the seized firearms for their prospective sale.

Heuermann, currently facing murder charges for the tragic demise of three women whose remains were found on Long Island’s Gilgo Beach over a decade prior, is claimed to have accrued a haul of 280 weaponry. Even assault rifles, handguns, and vintage weaponry were seized from his residence in Massapequa Park this year. Prosecutors are pushing for the investigative transfer of these firearms to Nassau County for further study.

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Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney, Lawrence Opisso, revealed in the court filing that within the gathered arsenal, 26 unregistered handguns, 15 unregistered assault weapons, and 10 high-capacity magazines seemed to contravene Penal Law Article 265. Since police obtained these during a house search following Heuermann arrest in July, the destination of these guns has been contested legally by different entities.

Heuermann’s defense advocate, Sabato Caponi, appealed for the sale of these weapons showcasing considerable monetary value to alleviate the financial woes beleaguering the Heuermann family. However, Suffolk County prosecutors refuted this claim, insisting the weaponry should go to Nassau County since they appear to have transgressed New York state gun laws.

Opisso elucidated in the recent filing that Heuermann, given his current murder charges, lacks a firearm license, thereby calling into question his legal right to retrieve the confiscated firearms. Currently on hold for his pistol license by Nassau County, Heuermann is expected to make another court appearance in November, by which time he’ll have reviewed the evidence against him.

A 59-year-old architectural consultant hailing from Massapequa Park, Heuermann stands accused of perpetrating three counts of first-degree murder, incidents linked to the slayings of Melissa Barthelemy in 2009 and Megan Waterman and Amber Costello in 2010 according to Suffolk County prosecutors. This episode coupled with the discovery of the slain women’s remains near Gilgo Beach and similar incidents have drawn national scrutiny and stirred a hunt for a serial killer. Heuermann maintains his innocence, pleading not guilty.

Identified as a feasible suspect early in 2022, Heuermann surfaced on the radar after a task force was established to probe cold cases associated with the discovery of multiple sets of human remains discovered along Long Island’s South Shore between 2010 and 2011. Among the victims, dubbed as “Gilgo Four” were four individuals buried near each other close to Gilgo Beach. Although Heuermann only stands accused in the three killings, he also happens to be the chief suspect in the mysterious disappearance and subsequent death of the fourth woman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes.