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Maxwell Sherman, front right, appeared in court on the morning of Sept. 22 for indictment.
Sherman charged with sexual abuse
Charge added in case of alleged footbridge murderer

Maxwell Sherman, the 18-year-old former Rockville Centre resident accused of murdering Lynbrook teen Lauren Daverin-Gresham on Aug. 22, was arraigned on the morning of Sept. 25 and indicted on additional charges.

Sherman was charged with second-degree murder by the Nassau County Police Department when he was arrested on Aug. 24. He was indicted by a grand jury and Judge Meryl Berkowitz on Sept. 19 for murder in the second degree with the intent to cause death, and sexual abuse in the first degree. He will be held in custody with no bail.

Sherman, who arrived handcuffed in a charcoal suit, blue shirt and red tie and said little during the proceedings, pleaded not guilty.

“Maxwell pleaded not guilty today to his entire indictment,” said Sherman’s attorney, William Petrillo. “Max comes from a loving extended family, all of whom believe in him.”

Sherman, who lived in Long Beach, allegedly strangled Daverin-Gresham on the footbridge crossing Merrick Road in Rockville Centre, leaving her nude and in a pool of blood. This is not Sherman's first arrest; he was charged with residential burglary and harboring a runaway in Lincoln County, Washington this July.

Police and prosecutors have yet to reveal any details of what happened to Daverin-Gresham. The indictment is the first mention of the possibility of sexual abuse in the case.

“We just want justice for Lauren,” said Kathleen Daverin, Lauren’s mother. There’s really nothing else I can say. She’s not coming home, so there’s nothing else I can say…. I would just like the kid to look me straight in the face and tell me why he did this to my daughter.”

Sherman is due back in court on Oct. 30 for a conference.


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Richard-Head Petrillo has represented pieces of human excrement for a long time now...When we he learn to keep his mouth shut in public???...For him to say, "Max comes from a loving extended family, all of whom believe in him" is a slap in the face of the victim's families...What good does it do him to make such an asinine comment???...Wannabe Kuntsler defense attorneys like him should KEEP QUIET in public...Maybe a visit from a very fed up victim or victim family member should remind him of the damage his clients are doing!!!

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Keep your thoughts to yourself. I've known Max for years. I know his family as well. He has had a rough past, but I don't believe he is capable of this. So unless you know something I don't, like him admitting he is guilty, don't say something if you don't know the whole truth. Don't point fingers because there are three if them pointing back at you.

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