A Brooklyn man suspected of being a serial killer has been indicted for the slayings of elderly women who lived in the same apartment complex.
Kevin Gavin has been charged with first and second-degree murder for three slayings between 2015 and 2021. According to authorities, all the deaths occurred in the New York City Housing Authority’s Carter G. Woodson houses, where the women resided, in Brooklyn.
The first victim was 82-year-old Myrtle McKinney, who was stabbed in the neck with a steak knife on November 8th, 2015. The second was Jacolia James. The 83-year-old was strangled to death on April 30th, 2019. Gavin’s final victim was 78-year-old Juanita Caballero. She was strangled with a phone cord on January 14th of this year. Her death was ultimately the one that helped police stop the demented killer. Gavin was spotted on video surveillance using Caballero’s stolen debit and benefit cards before his capture on January 21st. It is unclear if he purposely targeted elderly women or if their ages were a coincidence.
Gavin, who is facing a life sentence, was ordered held without bond on Tuesday. His next court date is July 6th.
In a statement, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said that Gavin was an “alleged serial killer who murdered three of his elderly neighbors who trusted him and welcomed him into their homes only to have that trust violated in the worst way imaginable.”