Trial date set for NYC fatal pushing suspect Lauren Pazienza

Lauren Pazienza — the Long Island woman who allegedly pushed a beloved 87-year-old voice coach to her death on a Manhattan street — is on trial in October for manslaughter, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Manhattan Supreme Court judge Felicia Mennin set the October 6, 2023 date for the proceedings after reprimanding Pazienza’s high-profile attorney for apparently pushing his feet in the case and delaying the trial.

“I’ve given you almost a month,” Mennin told attorney Arthur Aidala during Tuesday’s court hearing.

Lauren Pazienza’s manslaughter trial is set for October 6.
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Aidala protested: “I’m not ready to commit to a trial date. There are thousands of hours of discoveries that we have not yet gone through.”

“I’m going to give you a trial date and you can explain to me at that point why you are or are not ready,” the judge replied.

Pazienza, who is being held on Rikers Island as the case plays out in court, wore a white long-sleeved T-shirt, beige pants and a blue facemask for the short hearing, and gave her parents a solemn nod when it was over. .

Her mother Caroline was caught on video slapping a Post photographer on the arm with her cell phone as she exited court.

Pazienza, a former event organizer and scion of a Long Island cesspool empire, is accused of calling victim Barbara Maier Gustern a “b-ch” before pushing her to the ground during an unprovoked attack in Chelsea on March 10. .

Gustern – a vocal coach for the likes of Blondie frontwoman and Big Apple icon Debbie Harry – died of her injuries five days later.

Barbara Maier Gutern
Lauren Pazienza is accused of fatally pushing Barbara Maier Gustern.
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People gather after a memorial service for Barbara Maier Gustern at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
People gather after a memorial service for Barbara Maier Gustern at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
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Pazienza has twice dismissed the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office plea deals for the manslaughter and assault charges she faces.

She could be sentenced to 25 years behind bars if convicted on the highest charge of manslaughter.

Pazienza was initially released on $500,000 bail after her arrest, but was thrown back behind bars on May 10 after Mennin withdrew bail, calling her a “serious flight risk.”

Pazienza reportedly flew off the handle after drinking to celebrate her upcoming wedding. The redhead reportedly threw food at her fiancé before crossing the street where she pushed Gustern.

Aidala did not comment as they left the court.

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