By Conor Febos & Ryan Sit
One of the two alleged killers in the brutal murder of a Chelsea businessman in March was granted protective custody Tuesday after officials agreed his dainty, frail physique put him at high risk of attack by other inmates.
Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera, 26, who together with Edwin Faulkner, 30, allegedly robbed and murdered a Chelsea floral designer during a gay tryst, appeared under heavy guard in Manhattan Supreme where a trial date was set for October 30.
Three burly court officers surrounded Martinez-Herrera, 26, on Tuesday, further highlighting his slight figure.
The indictment charges that both men were having sex for money with John Laubach, 57, air max thea femmes a man from whom they had stolen jewelry two weeks only before the March 2 murder. The suspects allegedly choked Laubach to death in his West 22nd Street apartment after the three engaged in sexual games.
Cops caught Martinez-Herrera, 26, and Faulkner in Orlando, Fla. where the alleged killers fled following the gruesome attack that left Laubach’s wrists and ankles bound to his bed, records show.
The defendants each face a single count of second-degree murder.