A man stood in a Brooklyn courtroom and mouthed “I love you” to the mother of a teen he’s accused of butchering on Friday, during his court appearance, He’s accused of beheading a teen because, as he told investigators, “her gay son was an abomination.”
The accused, 38-year-old Kwauhuru Govan plead not guilty in court. He also made gesture everyone thought to be bizarre to the mother of the 19-year-old victim, Rashawn Brazell, in the Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Govan was ordered to be held without bail by Justice Michael Brennan. The accused had loudly proclaimed he was innocent and fought with officers in earlier court appearances.
When Goran was charged with Brazell’s murder, he was already in custody, accused of committing another murder. Prosecutors say he slayed his former neighbor, beheading her, and dismembering her body, which was found in February 2005 in a subway tunnel.
Other body parts of the teen were found at a recycling plant which collects garbage along the subway A line. But, her head was never found.
The NY Daily New reports:
In the interview in Florida, Govan told cops he was a Jehovah’s Witness who grew up on the same block as Brazell but didn’t associate with him.
“Because Rashawn was an abomination according to the Bible, and that because of his faith the defendant was not permitted to associate with gays,” according to a court document that summarized the interview.
Govan, who bizarrely described Brazell as his cousin even though they weren’t related, said he was aware of the victim’s dismembering.
But he claimed he was in Saint Louis, learning how to drive 18-wheelers, when he first learned about the killing in a TV news report, according to court papers.
His story fell apart when he was apparently shown a copy of Brazell’s funeral register.
Govan “denied that it was his handwriting, and then stated that it kind of looked like his handwriting,” court papers say. “The defendant then stated that his dates are a little scrambled and that he did in fact attend Rashawn’s funeral.”
Govan created a wild scene at his Feb. 23 arraignment when officers had to carry him into court kicking and screaming.
“They’re framing me for this murder!” shouted Govan, whose arraignment was put on hold because he refused to be fingerprinted. “I can’t even dissect a frog!”