Man Charged in Designer's Death May Challenge Findings

Son of famed songwriter accused in rapes says he'll review autopsy report

Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011  |  Updated 1:39 PM EDT
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The brothers of a swimsuit designer found strangled and drowned in a swanky <a title=Manhattan hotel speak out after the arraignment of her alleged killer Nicholas Brooks, whose lawyer says Brooks wasn't on the premises when she died." />

The brothers of a swimsuit designer found strangled and drowned in a swanky Manhattan hotel speak out after the arraignment of her alleged killer Nicholas Brooks, whose lawyer says Brooks wasn't on the premises when she died.

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A famous songwriter's son charged with murdering a swimsuit designer may contest findings that she died of strangulation and drowning in a New York City hotel bathtub.
       
Nicholas Brooks' lawyer said Tuesday he'll decide about that after reviewing medical examiners' autopsy report on designer
 
Sylvie Cachay's Dec. 9 death. A judge has sealed the report but is letting defense lawyers and prosecutors see it.
       
The 25-year-old Brooks has pleaded not guilty. Brooks told police Cachay was sleeping when he left her at the Soho House hotel.
       
A bottle of prescription drugs was found in the pair's room. But medical examiners have declined to say whether any drugs were found in Cachay's system.
       
Brooks' father is You Light Up My Life'' songwriter Joseph Brooks.

Read suspect's alleged statement to detectives, according to court documents.

The 33-year-old Cachay was found dead in an overflowing bathtub at the Soho House hotel. Medical examiners have found she was strangled and drowned.

Friends of the victim say she had been dating the 24-year old Brooks for a few months and was in the process of breaking up with him.

The elder Brooks is charged with numerous counts of sexual assault stemming from accusations that he attacked young women after luring them to his apartment with promises of acting jobs.

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