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'Criminal minds' review hands photo evidence

  • Swimsuit designer Sylvie Cachay found dead in a bathtub in an exclusive New York City hotel
  • Her boyfriend is accused of strangling and drowning her
  • Cachay had bruising on neck and lips; had burst blood vessels in eyes

Sylvie Cachay, a young swimsuit designer, was found dead in a bathtub in New York City’s exclusive SoHo House hotel in December 2010.

Her boyfriend Nicholas Brooks, 27, who prosecutors paint as a lazy, unemployed drug-user, is charged with strangling and drowning her. But Brooks’ attorney suggests that Cachay, who was 33, drowned accidentally after she passed out from an overdose of prescription pills.

In court Tuesday, a photograph was shown that displayed Brooks’ raw knuckles taken shortly after his arrest. Prosecutors believe that Brooks, the “You Light Up My Life” heir, strangled his girlfriend with his hands during a violent argument before he drowned her in the room’s white porcelain tub.

But Norman Marin, a criminalist for the city Medical Examiner’s Office, answered “No” when asked by the defense, “Did you know or did you become aware of any skin condition that Mr. Brooks had on his hands?”

A hand-written letter was also presented as evidence that showed Brooks’ apologizing to Cachay for hiring prostitutes.

In part, it read:

Dear Sylvie,

I am so sorry that I showed you my past on the e-mail the other night.  I wasn't thinking how that would affect you.  I hope you can believe me when I say that you are so smart, beautiful and funny, and I don't think about anyone else but you.

Continue watching Dr. Drew all this week as his “Behavior Bureau” dissects the evidence as it's presented in the court of law.

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