Another Relative Arrested In Shooting Death Of Queens Orthodontist
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As the case of the man and woman charged with killing a Queens orthodontist continued to move forward Wednesday, another family member was arraigned on charges connected with the incident.
The sister of the doctor's ex-wife pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to charges of intimidating and tampering with a witness. She was ordered held on $75,000 bail.
The Queens district attorney says Natella Natanova, 39, approached the brother of Dr. Daniel Malakov Monday and said, "You should know if you talk, you will be the next to go." The threat could lead to four years in prison.
Natanova's attorney claims that his client never saw the victim's brother on Monday.
"This is just a kind of not even a subtle attempt to just increasingly put pressure on the family," said attorney Michael Dowd. "I think it's a disgrace."
When asked about the alleged threat, Gavaril Malakov didn't want to get into it.
"Sorry I can't really, it's too traumatic to talk about it," he said. "It's very traumatic, really."
Natanova's sister, Dr. Mazoltuv Borukhova, is charged with murder and conspiracy in connection with her ex-husband's death.
The doctor was gunned down execution-style in a Forest Hills playground in October, in front of the couple's young daughter.
Prosecutors say Borukhova paid her uncle, Mikhail Mallayev $20,000 to carry out the crime.
Police say his fingerprints were later found on a homemade silencer.
Family and friends for Malakov were at the courthouse Wednesday for Mallayev's brief court appearance.
"I'm sad because my son already — I can never bring back my son Daniel, you know. It's very hard for me," said Malakov's father Khaika Malakov. "Even if 30 people go to jail, it's not changing me inside."
Mallayev's court-appointed attorney said that his client cannot afford to hire another lawyer, so he will continue to be his representation.
His next court date is scheduled for March 26th.