Trial begins for day laborer accused in murder of New City housewife

Posted: Updated:

The Rockland district attorney made opening arguments Thursday in the case against the day laborer accused of murder.

Thirty-year-old Ronald Douglas Herrera-Castellanos, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, was arrested for the brutal rape and murder of Mary Nagle, 42, in her New City home in April 2005. District Attorney Michael Bongiorno says Herrera, who was working with a power washer outside Nagle?s home, sneaked into her bedroom and attacked Nagle. Bongiorno says Nagle was raped, sodomized, slashed with a razor, beaten beyond recognition and strangled.

The prosecution plans to show DNA evidence of Herrera?s semen and blood at the crime scene and Nagle?s blood on the defendant?s clothes. His attorney says he's not sure yet if Herrera will testify in this trial. The defense decided not to make an opening statement.

Related storyJury selection underway in brutal murder of New City mother

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • 71-year-old suspect in police chase due in court

    71-year-old suspect in police chase due in court

    Tuesday, January 22 2019 5:33 AM EST2019-01-22 10:33:49 GMT
    State police say 71-year-old Laura Duffy led officers on the 34-mile chase on New Year’s Eve.State police say 71-year-old Laura Duffy led officers on the 34-mile chase on New Year’s Eve.
    State police say 71-year-old Laura Duffy led officers on the 34-mile chase on New Year’s Eve.State police say 71-year-old Laura Duffy led officers on the 34-mile chase on New Year’s Eve.
    State police say 71-year-old Laura Duffy led officers on the 34-mile chase on New Year’s Eve.
    State police say 71-year-old Laura Duffy led officers on the 34-mile chase on New Year’s Eve.
  • Van demolished in crash with tractor-trailer

    Van demolished in crash with tractor-trailer

    Tuesday, January 22 2019 5:29 AM EST2019-01-22 10:29:17 GMT
    One person is recovering this morning after a van collided with a tractor-trailer on Monday.One person is recovering this morning after a van collided with a tractor-trailer on Monday.
    One person is recovering this morning after a van collided with a tractor-trailer on Monday.One person is recovering this morning after a van collided with a tractor-trailer on Monday.
    One person is recovering this morning after a van collided with a tractor-trailer on Monday.
    One person is recovering this morning after a van collided with a tractor-trailer on Monday.
  • Poll: National Blonde Brownie Day

    Poll: National Blonde Brownie Day

    Tuesday, January 22 2019 4:42 AM EST2019-01-22 09:42:01 GMT
    Have some fun and take some of our daily polls!Have some fun and take some of our daily polls!
    Have some fun and take some of our daily polls!Have some fun and take some of our daily polls!
    Happy National Blonde Brownie Day! Do you enjoy the sweet treat?
    Happy National Blonde Brownie Day! Do you enjoy the sweet treat?
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."