Duck Sauce Killer’s wife appears in court on gun charges as prosecutors push for charges

EXCLUSIVE: The wife of ‘Duck Sauce Killer’ appears in court on gun charges as prosecutors push for a grand jury indictment – a day after his suicide note claiming she was innocent was revealed

  • Glenn Hirsch, 51, shot himself in his home before he was due to appear in Queens Supreme Court
  • He previously pleaded not guilty to the murder of a delivery driver and has nine arrests before the April shooting
  • His wife Dorothy, 62, previously pleaded not guilty after facing gun charges when police officers raided their home
  • Her attorney says she had no idea the guns she allowed her husband to have were in the closet
  • Dorothy allowed her husband access to a closet for his belongings, and he attempted to exonerate her in his suicide note
  • Zhiwen Yan, 45, a father of three, was making delivery rounds on his scooter in Forest Hills, Queens, when he was shot in the chest

The Queen’s Duck Sauce Killer’s wife has appeared in court on multiple gun charges as prosecutors push for a grand jury indictment.

Dorothy Hirsch, 62, previously pleaded not guilty during her arraignment after officers found eight guns wrapped in aluminum foil hidden in a closet at her Jamaica home in New York.

Glenn Hirsch, 51, of Jamaica in Queens, killed himself before a court hearing earlier this month after being released from prison on $500,000 bail.

He was accused of murdering Zhiwen Yan, a father of three, whom he allegedly shot in the chest while Yan was on his scooter making deliveries for a Chinese restaurant in Forest Hills.

Hirsch, who is believed to have had multiple run-ins with the restaurant over duck sauce and other condiments, is accused of shooting Yan before he fled the scene on April 30.

Court documents filed yesterday detail his six-page suicide note, in which he protested his and his wife’s innocence.

But prosecutors are refusing to show Hirsch’s suicide note to a grand jury responsible for indicting the nurse at the Queen’s Supreme Court.

Dorothy Hirsch, 62, appeared in Queens Superior Court today after previously pleading not guilty to the gun charges against her

Dorothy Hirsch, 62, appeared in Queens Superior Court today after previously pleading not guilty to the gun charges against her

Her husband Glenn, 51, committed suicide after being charged with the murder of a Chinese delivery driver. Hirsch tried to exonerate his wife in a suicide note, which he sent to prosecutors, judges and lawyers

Her husband Glenn, 51, committed suicide after being charged with the murder of a Chinese delivery driver. Hirsch tried to exonerate his wife in a suicide note, which he sent to prosecutors, judges and lawyers

Protesters stood before the court ahead of Hirsch's hearing today and said authorities did not act enough when Hirsch was first charged months before the murder

Protesters stood before the court ahead of Hirsch’s hearing today and said authorities did not act enough when Hirsch was first charged months before the murder

Hirsch is expected to face charges on the gun charges. Her attorney, Mark Bederow, said prosecutors “charge before they investigate” and “try to put a square pin in a round hole.”

His wife was joined by several friends and family today as her lawyers claim she was unaware of the guns.

Bederow claims that Hirsch’s “unique way of hoarding” in his own house is identical to the way the guns were stored in Dorothy’s apartment.

In his “death certificate,” part of which was presented to the court, Hirsch said, “I want to take full responsibility for the eight guns that were recovered from a cupboard in Dorothy’s apartment.

“I acquired these firearms many years ago and they have remained undisturbed in an outhouse that I shared with previous roommates.

Bederow claims that Hirsch's

Bederow claims that Hirsch’s “unique way of hoarding” in his own house is identical to the way the guns were stored in Dorothy’s apartment

Eight guns were found at Dorothy Hirsch's home in Jamaica, in a closet that she allowed her husband to use

Eight guns were found at Dorothy Hirsch’s home in Jamaica, in a closet that she allowed her husband to use

Zhiwen Yan, 45, pictured with his wife in what appears to be a wedding photo. Yan, 45, who worked as a Chinese food delivery man, was shot dead in New York City: The shooter was a disgruntled customer who had

Zhiwen Yan, 45, pictured with his wife in what appears to be a wedding photo. Yan, 45, who worked as a Chinese food delivery man, was shot dead in New York City: The shooter was a disgruntled customer who had “multiple” disputes with the restaurant over his orders and twice threatened workers with a gun

“A few years ago, however, when my wife bought her new cooperative apartment.

“I have decided to close the storage unit. At that time I brought these items to my wife’s apartment and placed them in a hall closet along with numerous other unopened bags and boxes.

“She was absolutely not involved in obtaining the firearms, nor was she aware that they were in her home.”

He sent the note to his lawyers, prosecutors and those involved in the case in the lengthy note, which was also left at his home by police officers who spotted him.

Hirsch feared he would be returned to jail on further gun charges ahead of Friday’s hearing, and wrote that he did not want to spend years in a cell or fight the charges behind bars.

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