Lowery’s mother appears to pray as jury selection continues in Stein murder trial

TRD NEW YORK /
Jan.January 19, 2010 05:00 PM

Jury selection continued today in the case of Natavia Lowery, the former personal assistant to Linda Stein who is charged with killing the celebrity real estate broker.

Twenty-eight potential jurors were brought into a courtroom on the 13th floor or Manhattan’s State Supreme Court before Justice Richard Carruthers.

Lowery, 28, dressed in a khaki top and dark brown pants, listened to her lawyer as the jurors were seated. Her mother, Lottie Lowery Walsh, sat in the back of the courtroom apparently praying.

Stein, 62, was found bludgeoned on the floor of her Fifth Avenue apartment Oct. 30, 2007. A week and half later, Lowery was arrested, and she allegedly confessed to killing Stein by hitting her multiple times with a yoga stick in a videotaped interview. She later recanted her statement .

Lowery’s time at Rikers Island has not been without incident. She was sent to “punitive segregation” recently following an incident in which she threw a liquid in a guard’s face, a city Department of Correction spokesperson said.

Stein worked for Prudential Douglas Elliman and her clientele included Madonna, Sting, and Billy Joel. Before becoming a broker, co-managed punk-rock band the Ramones.

The district attorney’s office said it does not know how long the jury selection process will last, but Lowery’s attorney estimated opening statements would be given Monday.TRD

 

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