Sunday, August 17, 2008
Two different stories on Forest Hills death
Queens Customs agent charged in mystery death of friend
By Nicole Bode
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Friday, August 15th 2008, 8:43 PM
A Federal Customs agent has been indicted in the mysterious shooting death of a friend in his Queens home.
Eric Alke, an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent assigned to Kennedy Airport, was ordered held on $75,000 bail Friday on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the June 26 incident.
Alke initially told police that victim Adrian Moldovan, 50, was visiting his Forest Hills apartment about 3:30 p.m. after the pair had been out drinking.
Alke claimed Moldovan snatched his off-duty .38-caliber Smith & Wesson from the kitchen table and fatally shot himself once in the chest.
But Alke's lawyer said Friday the shooting happened in the apartment vestibule, on a set of stairs. Alke left the weapon on a stairway ledge, then heard a shot after he'd turned his back on the gun and his friend, said lawyer Gerard Marrone.
"We're not saying it was a suicide," Marrone said. "It was just a very, very unfortunate accident."
Alke is due back in court Sept. 3.
SLAY RAP ON QNS. FED AGENT
By IKIMULISA LIVINGSTON, NY Post
A federal customs agent is facing up to 15 years in prison for shooting a real estate agent to death, authorities said yesterday.
Erik Alke, 41, a Customs and Border Protection agent at JFK Airport, was indicted yesterday on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for the June 26 shooting at his home in Forest Hills, Queens.
The victim, Adrian Moldovan, 50, was helping build a patio when the off-duty Alke - who had been drinking - fired his .38 caliber revolver, sending a slug tearing through the victim's chest, prosecutors said.
The agent's lawyer, Gerard Marrone, claimed that the victim shot himself accidentally.