The Jamaica man accused of stabbing his wife and toddler daughters to death before attempting to flee to Mexico has his next scheduled court date on Friday — St. Valentine’s Day.
A schedule provided by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says that Miguel Mejia-Ramos is scheduled for a return date, technically the time at which his lawyer has an opportunity to answer his client’s charges of murder in the deaths of his wife, Deisy Garcia, 21, and their daughters, Daniela, 2, and Yoselin, 1.
Mejia-Ramos is accused of stabbing Garcia in a jealous rage the night of Jan. 18-19, and then killing their children.
Law enforcement sources say he had been out drinking at a friend’s home. Upon returning to their Sutphin Boulevard apartment, he allegedly began going through Garcia’s cell phone and Facebook page and saw a picture of her with another man.
He allegedly stabbed her repeatedly until one of two knives he was using broke.
He then allegedly stabbed Daniela, who had awakened, followed by Yoselin.
He allegedly told police initially that Garcia had stabbed the girls and that he killed her out of anger.
He also allegedly told police that Garcia was in the process of seeking a legal separation.
Mejia-Ramos, who is in the United States illegally, also is alleged to have told authorities that he killed the girls because he did not have child car seats that would allow him to take his daughters with him as he attempted to flee to his native Mexico.
His 26-hour, 1,700-mile run to the border came to an end on Interstate 10 in Schulenberg, Texas when he was stopped by a group of Texas state troopers, U.S. marshals and local police and sheriff’s officers.
Mejia-Ramos is being held without bail and faces life without the possibility of parole if convicted. He is being held in a protective custody unit at the request of his lawyer and is on a suicide watch.