The wife of Queens ‘Duck Sauce killer’ has been indicted on multiple charges of gun possession.
Dorothy Hirsch, 62, previously pleaded not guilty during her arraignment after officers found eight weapons wrapped in aluminum foil stashed inside a closet at her Jamaica home, in New York.
Glenn Hirsch, 51, from Jamaica, in Queens, killed himself earlier this month ahead of a court hearing appearance after being bailed out of jail on a $500,000 bond.
He was accused of murdering Zhiwen Yan, a father-of-three, who he allegedly shot in the chest while Yan was fulfilling deliveries for a Chinese restaurant on his scooter in Forest Hills.
Hirsch, who was believed to have had several run-ins with the restaurant over duck sauce and other condiments, is accused of shooting Yan before fleeing the scene on April 30.
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said: ‘These deadly guns, which were recovered in an apartment that she alone owns and occupies, pose an inherent danger to countless nearby residents and the community at large.
‘My Office will continue its relentless pursuit of illegal firearms that put Queens residents in harm’s way.’
Hirsch attempted to prove his wifes innocence from beyond the grave, trying to exonerate her in a six-page suicide note.
Prosecutors refused to put Hirsch’s suicide note in front of a grand jury who are in charge of indicting the nurse at Queen Supreme Court.
Dorothy Hirsch, 62, has been indicted on multiple weapons charges after cops discovered eight guns in her closet
Her husband Glenn, 51, committed suicide after being charged with the murder of a Chinese delivery driver. Hirsch attempted to exonerate his wife in a suicide note he sent to the District Attorney’s office, judges and lawyers
Hirsch from Jamaica, in Queens, killed himself earlier this month ahead of a court hearing appearance after being bailed out of jail on a $500,000 bond
Her lawyer Mark Bederow saying the District Attorney’s office is ‘indicting before investigating’ and ‘trying to fit a square peg into a round hole’.
While searching Hirsch’s apartment where he died, his wife’s legal team found three gun cases which matched some of the guns found in her closet.
They also discovered boxes of ammuniton, and another fully loaded gun, which was missed by NYPD officers when they first searched the property.
Bederow claims that Hirsch’s ‘unique manner of hoarding’ in his own home is identical to the way the guns were stored in Dorothy’s apartment.
In his ‘dying declaration’, which was partially submitted to the court, Hirsch said: ‘I want to take full responsibility for the eight guns recovered from a closet in Dorothy’s apartment.
‘I acquired these firearms many years ago and they remained undisturbed in an outside storage facility shared with previous roommates.
Bederow claims that Hirsch’s ‘unique manner of hoarding’ in his own home is identical to the way the guns were stored in Dorothy’s apartment
Prosecutors are refusing to use his suicided note which exonerates his wife, pictured with attorney Mark Bederow, into their submissions to a grand jury
Eight guns were found inside of Dorothy Hirsch Jamaica apartment, inside a closet that she allowed her husband to use
‘However a couple of years ago when my wife purchased her new cooperative apartment.
‘I decided to close the storage unit. It was at that time I moved those items into my wife’s apartment and placed them inside a hallway storage closet along with numerous other unopened bags and boxes…
‘She had absolutely no part in obtaining the firearms nor did she have any knowledge they were inside of her residence.’
He sent the note to his lawyers, prosecutors and those involved in the case in the lengthy note which was also left in his apartment by cops who discovered him.
Speaking to DailyMail.com, Bederow, of Bederow Law, said: ‘They have charged her first and look for evidence later.
‘I don’t think it could be any more obvious after what happened today that she is being punished for the alleged sins of her late husband. I think it’s disgraceful.
Dorothy’s lawyers claim that she unknowingly allowed her husband to store his eight guns inside of her closet. The couple were not living together at the time of the alleged murder
The notorious ‘Duck Sauce Killer’ ranted in a long-winded suicide note complaining about how the NYPD and other officials treated him and insisting his innocence
Zhiwen Yan, 45, pictured with his wife in what appears to be a wedding photo. Yan, who worked as a Chinese food delivery man, 45, 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
‘I’m disappointed that she was charged in the first place’
Hirsch feared that he would be returned to prison over further weapons charges, writing that he didn’t want to sit in a cell for years or fight the charges from behind bars.
Sources previously claimed that his entire refrigerator was packed with sweet and sour duck sauce, with the rest of the apartment being completely filled with other junk.
Hirsch also declares his innocence in the murder of Yan: ‘I did not shoot Mr. Yan and I am not responsible for his death.’
He also demanded Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz ‘conduct a proper investigation’ into Yan’s April 30 death.
Hirsch writes: ‘My indictment and subsequent arrest in connection with this matter is one of the most obscene and egregious cases of defamation and wrongful arrest in recent memory.
‘It is a textbook case of sloppy police work, confirmation bias, political pressure, and rush to judgment.’
Dorothy Hirsch, a nurse, was today supported by several friends and family, as her lawyers claim that she would not have known about the weapons.
Hirsch, pictured at Queen’s supreme court, was ordered to wear an ankle bracelet monitoring him and banned from leaving his neighborhood in Jamaica, Queens, before his death
Mourners left flowers, candles, photos, and drawings at the scene at the Great Wall Chinese food restaurant in Forest Hills for murdered delivery man Zhiwen Yan
He also rages at the NYPD releasing photos of the inside of his fridge in an attempt ‘to portray me as someone who is condiment obsessed.’
Hirsch had nine prior arrests and while he has been in custody, a police search was conducted at the home of his wife, who he doesn’t live with, during which eight guns were recovered.
During the bust authorities seized eight handguns and ammunition from Hirsch’s Briarwood home, officials said.
Police records show the couple live in separate homes with Glenn living in nearby Jamaica.
The District Attorney’s office say in documents that they acknowledge that her husband had access to her apartment.
The guns were discovered in boxes and garbage bags amongst Hirsch’s other belonging in a closet used by him.
Police say that Hirsch, who is believed to have been driving an older model of a Lexus RX3 SV at the time, briefly exchange words at a traffic light before Yan was shot near 108th Street and 67th Drive.
Sources previously claimed that his entire refrigerator, pictured, was packed with sweet and sour duck sauce, with the rest of the apartment being completely filled with other junk
The closet at Dorothy Hirsch’s home (pictured above). Her lawyer claims that the contents of the closet that authorities searched during the June raid matches her husband’s ‘unique’ hoarding style
Entire rooms were filled with trash bags, plastic boxes of documents, old newspapers, CDs and a globe. It is currently not known what the boxes and bags are filled with. The photographs were released as part of Hirsch’s wife’s defense that she could not have known about the eight firearms Hirsch kept in her home. The couple had lived separately for years but she allowed her estranged husband to use a closet in her home, where the guns were found
At Hirsch’s Briarwood home, cops discovered his refrigerator packed with sweet and sour duck sauce.
‘His whole refrigerator was filled with duck sauce,’ a police source told the New York Daily News. ‘And other condiments.’
‘He’s a hoarder. And when you open the refrigerator, it’s like, condiments – there’s duck sauce, soy sauce, ketchup.’
The source suggested the piles of condiments at his apartment on 141st Street were all a part of what was going on in Hirsch’s brain that may have lead him to kill.
‘I guess in some pathology people like that take that stuff very seriously – you didn’t give him enough duck sauce,’ they said.
In a statement Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said: ‘The loss of a human life is always tragic.
‘Obviously, we would have preferred to try Mr. Glenn Hirsch for the calculated murder of Mr. Zhiwen Yan in a court of law, but this is no longer an option.
‘We once again express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Zhiwen Yan, who continue to grieve his tragic and senseless loss.’
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