CLAREMONT — A Bronx man was charged with murder even though the victim's body has not been found, according to court documents and reports.
Ramona Moore, 35, went missing on July 31, 2012 from the area near her home on Jefferson Place after a fight with her superintendent, Nasean Bonie, according to the New York Times.
Moore and Bonie had been arguing about overdue rent the last time Bonie saw her, according to court documents.
“I am going to take her to landlord tenant court to have her evicted. I don’t have keys to her apartment because she changed the locks after she moved,” Bonie said in an August 2012 statement to Detective Glenn Godino of the 42nd Precinct, according to court records. “She seems to have a drug problem and she lets different men into her apartment all hours of the night.”
When police spoke to him again in September 2012, Bonie said he felt harassed. Last month, he said that he knew he could not be charged for murder without a body based on the television he watches, court papers show.
“I watch 48 on television,” he said, according to court documents, likely referring to the CBS true crime series '48 Hours'. “I know you cannot charge me without a body. Where is the body?”
Bonie, 27, was indicted late last month on murder and first degree manslaughter charges, according to court documents.
He was arraigned and ordered held without bail on Tuesday.
The NYPD would not confirm that a body had not been found in the case, but the Medical Examiner's Office said it had no record of a victim with Moore's name.
Bonie's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.
Bonie had previously been arrested in July 2012, shortly before Moore went missing, for beating his wife with a small tray table on her upper body and hitting her with a belt and belt buckle around her legs. He also punched her in the face and head several times, kicked her in the back and stole her 2007 Lexus, according to the criminal complaint.
This case is still going through motions and hearings, according to the Bronx District Attorney's office.
Bonie's next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, June 23.