Accused EMT killer waives court appearance
The man accused of killing an on-duty EMT in Soundview last week waived his right to appear before a judge Wednesday, according to his lawyer.
Close to 200 emergency service technicians and fellow firefighters had appeared at the Bronx County Hall of Justice to demand justice for Yadira Arroyo, the 44-year-old mother of five who was run over and killed by her own stolen ambulance on Thursday, police say.
Police arrested Jose Gonzalez, 25, moments after the killing. He has been in police custody ever since. He faces charges of manslaughter, murder and robbery.
Gonzalez is due back in court on April 5.
Gonzalez has an extensive criminal background, but Gonzalez's attorney says he is severely mentally ill and did not act intentionally.
Arroyo's colleagues shouted at the defense lawyer, apparently furious that her client had been out on bail when he allegedly killed the EMT.
"He had four prior misdemeanor convictions," she said. "Two are marijuana. The court system did not fail for not setting bail."
Wake services for Arroyo will be held Thursday and Friday from 2 p.m. through 4 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. through 9 p.m. at the Lucchese Funeral Home on Morris Park Avenue. Arroyo's funeral will take place on Saturday.