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Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Fire Was Set to Hide Woman's Killing, Police Say
March 29, 2006

New York Times

A 27-year-old woman was found dead yesterday in a burning house in Brooklyn, and the authorities believe the blaze was set to cover up her killing, officials said.

According to the police, firefighters found the woman's body shortly after 1 p.m. in the rear bedroom of a two-story brick house in East Flatbush. The police did not identify the woman, but neighbors and relatives gave her name as Sabrina Haynes.

Law enforcement officials said the woman's body was badly burned and they found slash marks on the woman's wrists and face. The fire was extinguished in 40 minutes and caused minor damage, the authorities said.

Last night, detectives were questioning the woman's husband, Lloyd Haynes, 72, who was taken away in a police car. Some witnesses said they believed that Mr. Haynes had tried to flee after the police approached him. Just before he was led away, an unidentified woman confronted Mr. Haynes in the street, screaming, "How could you do it?"

His family members and neighbors said Mr. Haynes, who works at a hospital in Brooklyn, married Ms. Haynes two years ago in their native Guyana. The couple came back to live in his house, on East 57th Street at Clarendon Road, where he had lived for more than a decade. The house is owned by Mr. Haynes's sister Margie Haynes.

Neighbors said they rarely saw the couple together. Some said that Ms. Haynes was seldom seen outside the house, and that
Ms. Haynes was seldom seen outside the house, and that Mr. Haynes kept his wife on a tight leash.

Hugh Chung, 29, who lives two doors down, said Mr. Haynes would yell at anyone who so much as touched his car. "He had a temper, a really bad temper," Mr. Chung said.

Percy Fredo, 47, who lives next door, described Mr. Haynes as easy to talk to. He said that when he heard that Mr. Haynes was seeking to marry a much younger woman, he advised him against it. "I told him, 'Why don't you look for someone your own age?' " Mr. Fredo said.