Boyfriend May Be Eyeing Plea Deal in Designer's Death

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011  |  Updated 1:01 PM EDT
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Police at the SoHo House in the Meatpacking District on December 9, 2010. Inset of victim Sylvie Cachay, from her website.

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A songwriter's son charged with killing his swimsuit-designer girlfriend in a posh New York hotel may be considering a plea deal. 

The judge mentioned ongoing "plea discussions'' during Nicholas Brooks' brief court appearance Tuesday.

His lawyers and prosecutors declined to comment on the discussions. It's unclear whether anything will result.     

The 25-year-old Brooks has pleaded not guilty to murder. He's due back in court Sept. 19.     

Sylvie Cachay was found dead in an overflowing bathtub at the Soho House on Dec. 9, hours after she and Brooks checked in.     

He told police the Peruvian-American designer was drowsy from taking medication, and he'd gone out and left her sleeping.     

Brooks' late father was Joseph Brooks, best known for penning the Academy Award-winning ballad "You Light Up My Life.''     

Joseph Brooks committed suicide late last month. He was awaiting trial on rape charges.    


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