Suspect in Harlem Suitcase Slaying Claims Self-Defense - NBC New York

Suspect in Harlem Suitcase Slaying Claims Self-Defense

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    Police want to talk to the man in this footage in connection to the case of a woman found dead in a suitcase. She was found near 435 East 114th Street in Harlem. (Published Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010)

    A parolee has admitted killing a woman whose body was found in a suitcase on a New York City street, authorities said today.

    Hassan Malik told police the killing was self defense and that the victim attacked him first.  He was held without bail after his arraignment Tuesday on a murder charge.

    Police say a passer-by found 28-year-old Betty Williams' body in a suitcase Wednesday while rummaging through trash in East Harlem.

    A court complaint says Malik told police he returned to his apartment to find Williams dead. The papers say Malik said he choked Williams with an electric cord after she wound it around his neck and hit him with a frying pan.

    Prosecutors say forensic evidence will contradict him. His lawyer says the 55-year-old Malik was about to start a job as a drug counselor.

    A passer-by rummaging through the trash outside the building on East 114th Street found the suitcase and called 911.

    The building is about a block away from Rao's Restaurant, a notable eatery in the neighborhood.