THE family of suspected serial killer Rex Heuermann has urged a judge to release weapons confiscated from their home.
Lawyers for Asa Ellerup, 59, the estranged wife of the accused Gilgo Beach killer, argued that guns are family heirlooms and should be considered part of marital assets.
The stash seized from the home in Massapequa Park, New York – a Long Island suburb about 35 miles east of midtown Manhattan – included 287 firearms. News Nation reported.
Ellerup’s lawyers also demanded the return of cash, clothing and jewelry.
They said selling these items could help the family, which has been struggling financially since Heuermann’s arrest in July.
Ellerup filed for divorce shortly afterwards.
Authorities spent 12 days searching the Long Island home, which was then reportedly ransacked.
The accused serial killer was not present at the hearing but is expected in court for a status hearing sometime this week.
Last month it was revealed that Ellerup is currently battling skin and breast cancer.
At the time, there were concerns that she would be withdrawn from the health insurance she had received through Heuermann and would no longer be able to continue her treatment.
“She is going through a very difficult time,” Ellerup’s attorney Robert Macedonio said at the time.
“Emotionally, she recovers every day. Not only does she have to deal with the cancer, but she also has to deal with this new life that she has to deal with in order to protect herself and her children.”
Heuermann was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three women: Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Costello.
The prominent New York architectural consultant is also the prime suspect in the death of Maureen Brainard-Barnes.
All of the bodies were found on Gilgo Beach, a remote area about 10 miles south of Massapequa Park.