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Man pleads not guilty to 1st-degree murder in gruesome killing of tech CEO Fahim Saleh

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Tyrese Haspil, 21, is escorted out of the 7th precinct by NYPD detectives, Friday, July 17, 2020, in New York.??Haspil faces a murder charge in the death of Fahim Saleh, 33-year-old tech entrepreneur who was found dismembered inside his luxury Manhattan condo. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

The former executive assistant of Fahim Saleh pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of first-degree murder for allegedly decapitating and dismembering the tech entrepreneur in his luxury New York condo in July.

New York (CNN)The former executive assistant of Fahim Saleh pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of first-degree murder for allegedly decapitating and dismembering the tech entrepreneur in his luxury New York condo in July.

Tyrese Haspil, 21, entered his not guilty plea via Skype before a state court judge in Manhattan after a grand jury indicted him on upgraded charges of first- and second-degree murder, second-degree grand larceny, second-degree burglary, concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Saleh, 33, who had most recently founded the Manhattan venture capital firm Adventure Capital, was killed in his Manhattan apartment July 13.

Haspil handled Saleh's finances and personal matters, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation said at the time.

The indictment charges Haspil with three grand larceny counts for allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars from Saleh through PayPal and Intuit transfers.

Court documents said a Makita saw, scissors, a knife, gloves and a mask were found in Saleh's apartment, along with bags containing a head and limbs.

Saleh was found dead the day after he was killed in the living room of his condo on the Lower East Side, police said.

Haspil allegedly assaulted Saleh with a Taser before killing him, police said at the time.

Saleh was last seen in surveillance video getting into the elevator with a masked man dressed in all black, according to the law enforcement official.

An autopsy showed Saleh died from five stab wounds to the neck and torso, according to the criminal complaint.

Surveillance video from a Manhattan hardware store on the morning after Saleh was killed captured Haspil purchasing an electric saw and cleaning supplies, which were later discovered near Saleh's dismembered and decapitated torso, according to the complaint.

When Saleh's cousin buzzed his condo later the morning of July 14, the assistant was allegedly dismembering Saleh's body with the saw and fled, according to the law enforcement official.

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