Murder of Orsolya Gaal: Accused killer of New York mother on suicide watch after first court appearance


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Man accused of stabbing Queens mother Orsolya Gaal nearly 60 times, stuffing her body in a hockey duffel bag and then dragging her more than half a mile has been fired at the Department of Corrections and placed on suicide watch by a judge after his first court appearance in New York City late Thursday night.

David Bonola, 44, is accused with murder, criminal tampering and criminal possession of a weapon. His defense did not plead, but requested medical attention and that he be placed on suicide watch, which the judge granted.

MURDER OF ORSOLYA GAAL: WHO IS THE HANDYMAN DAVID BONOLA?

Judge Anthony Battisti ruled that due to Bonola’s alleged confession to police, as well as the seriousness of the charges, no bail conditions would be set. An interpreter had to translate the hearing for Bonola, which is a transplant from Queens of Mexico.

Bonola had worked for Gaal and his family for the past two years, the same period police said he and the 51-year-old married mother began having an “intimate” relationship.

He allegedly confessed to parts of the horrible crime and made other incriminating statements during interviews with NYPD investigators on Wednesday evening.

Police officials said he went to Gaal’s family home in Forest Hills, Queens early Saturday morning and stabbed her more than 55 times after a failed attempt to try to convince her to rekindle their romance.

The victim was found murdered and then loaded into one of his son’s hockey bags on Saturday morning when he dragged the bag about seven tenths of a mile from his house on Juno Street and threw it away.

Left: This image shows Queens murder suspect David Bonola obtained by Fox News Digital in an earlier arrest that is now sealed. Right: Orsolya Gaal, murder victim
(Facebook: Orsolya Gaal)

The police said they has received a call around 8:10 a.m. Saturday for a report of “a suspicious bag with blood on it at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Jackie Robinson Parkway.”

Investigators also found a trace of blood that led them back to the family home. One of Gaal’s sons was at home at the time of the murder and was questioned by authorities and later released. Her 53-year-old husband, Howard Klein, was with their other son on the West Coast at the time.

Gaal attended a show at Lincoln Center on Friday night, then took the train to the Forest Hills neighborhood, where it stopped at a local watering hole around 11:20 p.m., police said.

She returned home around 12:20 a.m. Saturday. Police say they either let Bonola into the house or used a spare key that was hidden in the grill about 10 to 20 minutes later, police said.

SLAIN NYC MOM ORSOLYA GAAL’S HOUSE HAD A SEPARATE ENTRANCE IN THE BASEMENT, FAMILY ELECTRICIAN SAYS

Police presence at the home of Orsolya Gaal in Queens after her body was found in a sports bag on Saturday.

Police presence at the home of Orsolya Gaal in Queens after her body was found in a sports bag on Saturday.
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Gaal and Bonola then went down to the basement where they started arguing, police officials said. Bonola reportedly came home that night “to talk about the relationship again.”

Police say the murder weapon was then left at the crime scene and they developed leads that led them to a location ‘where bloody boots, t-shirt and bandages were discovered’ . Police said Bonola was treated for hand injuries at an area hospital.

Surveillance footage taken early that morning showed a figure pulling what appears to be a hockey bag down the sidewalk, sources confirmed.

MURDER OF ORSOLYA GAAL: HANDYMAN DAVID BONOLA HAD ‘INTIMATE’ RELATIONSHIP WITH KILLED WOMAN, SAYS NYPD

Investigators said the pair had been on and off, but reunited in April. At the time of Gaal’s death, their relationship was considered “over”, police said. Their relationship lasted about two years, cops said.

Police allege Bonola confessed to sending a chilling text message from the victim’s cellphone.

The post, as reported by WPIX, stated, “Your wife sent me to jail a few years ago when you lived near Austin Street in Forest Hills. I’m back, don’t call the police or I kill your family.”

The NYPD said Thursday it believed the message’s content was false.

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Police also said the knife used in the crime was “consistent with the knives that are in the house.”

Bonola is due back in court on April 26.

Fox News’ Maria Paronich contributed to this report.


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