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owner of NYC comedy club The Stand and nanny killed at NJ home; suspect charged w/ murder


David Kimowitz, 40-year-old co-owner of NYC comedy club The Stand, was killed Saturday morning at his Maplewood, NJ home. Also killed was Karen L. Bermudez-Rodriguez, 26, who was the nanny of his children. Joseph D. Porter, who is 27 and the boyfriend of Bermudez-Rodriguez, has been charged with two counts of murder in association with the deaths. More from The New York Times:

The police in Maplewood, N.J., responded to a 911 call around sunrise on Saturday about a woman being assaulted at a home. After arriving at the area of Walton Road and Jefferson Avenue, officers found the woman, Karen L. Bermudez-Rodriguez, 26, lying in the street critically injured.

They later found the homeowner, David Kimowitz, 40, dead inside the house, the Essex County prosecutor’s office said.

Ms. Bermudez-Rodriguez, an au pair for the Kimowitz family’s children, was pronounced dead at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The family’s children and Mr. Kimowitz’s wife, Laura, were not at home at the time of the attack, the authorities said.


Texts obtained from the couple’s mobile phones showed Bermudez-Rodriguez and Porter had messaged each other from 1:30 to 2 a.m. the night of the killings and that Bermudez-Rodriguez wrote she wanted to break up with Porter, authorities said.

“Joseph texted back that he was upset with Ms. Bermudez-Rodriguez because she was trying to end the relationship,” the complaint states. Bermudez-Rodriguez also texted Porter that she wanted her keys to the house back, according to the complaint.

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