A cousin of the man convicted of murdering Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark told investigators he was actually Stark’s good friend and that he was trying to protect him.
Erskin Felix, along with two of his family members, was indicted earlier this week for his role in Stark’s 2014 slaying, including putting a tracking device on his car. But in the wake of the murder, he told police that the landlord “is a friend of mine,” according to newly unsealed documents.
Stark “had approached me in the summer and told me he was afraid someone was after him and wanted me to look out for him,” Erskin Felix said, according to the New York Post.
Erskin Felix, Kendall Felix and their cousin Irvine Henry were charged with conspiracy, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree hindering.
Their cousin Kendel Felix was found guilty of kidnapping and killing Stark in September. He is awaiting sentencing. He faces 25 years to life in prison. Stark, 39, was abducted outside his Williamsburg office in 2014. His burnt body was found in a dumpster on Long Island two days later.