Former Knicks draft pick was allegedly drugged, killed by roommate, accomplice, cops say
CLOSTER — Two men were arrested Tuesday in connection with the murder of Michael Wright, a former NY Knicks draft pick whose body was found in a garbage bag inside his vehicle, days after he was reported missing last year.
Mark A. Holdbrooks, 59, of Closter and 36-year-old David Victor, also known as "King Victor," of Brooklyn, were arrested after a year-long investigation into the November 2015 murder of the University of Arizona basketball star.
Police say on Nov. 8, 2015, at 9:21 p.m., Closter police officers went to a Macarthur Avenue home where they spoke to Holdbrooks, who reported that Wright - a close family friends and roommate - had not been seen or heard from in three days.
On Nov. 10, prosecutors say, the NYPD notified Closter police that Wright's body was found wrapped in a garbage bag in the backs of a white Lexus on East 16th Street in Brooklyn. Authorities say the car was registered to Wright. According to the prosecutor, Wright had suffered head trauma.
During the course of an investigation, police also determined that Wright had been drugged and murdered at his home in Closter by Holdbrooks and Victor. Authorities say the two men placed Wright's deceased body into the Lexus, then Victor drove the car to Brooklyn and abandoned it there.
Holdbrooks and Victor were arrested in New York City, authorities said, and charged with first degree murder, second degree desecration of human remains, third degree possession of a weapon, third degree hindering apprehension and third degree possession of the drug gama hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, which can be used as a general anesthesia or intoxicant.
Bail for both men was set at $3 million with no 10 percent option. They are expected to be extradited back to New Jersey from New York where they were arrested, the prosecutor said.
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