- Asa Ellerup visited alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann in jail for first time since he was arrested on July 13 and spent an hour with him on Wednesday
- Her attorney Robert Macedonia confirmed the visit with DailyMail.com and said she would be attending her husband’s trial to see if he is guilty of the crimes
- She served divorce papers on her husband within six days of his arrest in July for the murder of three sex workers near their Long Island home
The wife of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann will attend court to see for herself if there is evidence he committed the atrocities he is accused of.
Asa Ellerup visited the Manhattan architect in jail for the first time since he was arrested on July 13 and spent up to an hour with him on Wednesday.
She filed for divorce six days after Heuermann, 60, was charged with the murder of three sex workers whose bodies were among 11 found on the desolate stretch of coastline close to their Long Island Home between 2010 and 2011.
Standing outside the family home in Massapequa Park on Friday, her attorney Robert Macedonia confirmed the visit with DailyMail.com and said she would be attending her husband’s trial to see if he is guilty of the crimes.
‘She wants to hear and see how it is played out in court. Not what the media has put out. Not what the podcast people are saying,’ he said.
‘Certainly, not what John Ray is saying, she wants to hear and see for herself what is presented in court.’
Heuermann has been charged with killing Melissa Barthelemy, Megan Waterman and Amber Lynn Costello, who disappeared in 2009 and 2010.
Authorities said he is also the ‘prime suspect’ in the killing of Maureen Brainard-Barnes.
Ellerup was at the home with her two children on Friday and what appeared to be a television or production crew.
Her son Christopher was seen leaving the home to walk the dog and her daughter surfaced outside as well.
Ellerup who was dressed in a beige cardigan and black pants, did not want to speak to the media but her attorney spoke on her behalf.
‘She is doing fine. She is holding up well,’ Macedonia said. ‘She had a visit with Rex on Wednesday afternoon and spent about an hour with him.
‘I did not get into discussion what the content of the conversation was.’
He added: ‘She hadn’t seen him in person since the day before his arrest. Other than that, she is doing okay.’
Asked if she was supporting Heuermann, Macedonia said: ‘She wants to see and hear for herself what evidence they have that he did this.’
Macedonia added: ‘The media and everyone around has convicted him. In situations like this, you’re guilty until proven innocent.’
He revealed that Ellerup went to the prison alone on Wednesday and that her two children did not accompany her.
Macedonia said she is adjusting to her new life without Heuermann. ‘Every day this becomes the new normal. Since July 13 this is what the new normal is,’ he said.
‘You are adjusting…every day gets a little bit better to being what the new normal is. It’s like after the death of somebody in the beginning. She and the kids are okay.’
He insisted that her prison visit was just like anyone else visiting a loved one.
‘It is the same as every other visitor she has to go through the same routine, one hour visit, there is no special treatment for Rex as another prisoner,’ he said.
‘She made her reservation for the visitation just like everyone else does through the sheriff’s office policy at the Riverhead Correctional Facility.’
Macedonia said Ellerup has no future plans to see him in jail and that ‘life is on hold until this trial plays out.’
‘You have to survive. You go into survival mode. You have your children to take care of. You have a life to rebuild,’ he added.
‘Whatever it’s going to be, it’s never going to be what it was and move forward. It’s never going to be what it was. And maybe that’s a good thing. I don’t know.’
But he said his client ‘doesn’t seem angry at all’.
‘You are in survival mode. There is no time for anger. You have to survive,’ the attorney said.
‘How are you going to support yourself? How are you going to take care of these kids? What are you going to do with the mortgage?’
Members of a production crew were walking around the family’s property and at one point were in the backyard.
They were seen loading some type of equipment into a vehicle.
When approached and asked what was taking place, a woman apologized and said ‘we are not allowed to say …I am sorry.’
Later in the day, Macedonia was seen escorting Ellerup out of her home into his silver Mercedes where he drove her down the block to a neighbor’s home where lunch was being served to her and members from the television or production team.
Her children were drive separately from their home by someone in a dark SUV.
Regarding their home, Macedonia said there are no plans to move until the trial is over.
Heuermann’s next court date is scheduled for Wednesday but there is not believed to be any hearings.
Long Island serial killer timeline
– May, 2010: Police begin search for Shannan Gilbert
– December 11, 2010: Body of Melissa Barthelemy, 24, is discovered
– December 13, 2010: Maureen Brainard-Barnes, 25, Megan Waterman, 22, and Amber Costello, 27, are all found
– December 15, 2010: FBI offers its services in the case
– March 2011: police find the skull of a prostitute named Jessica Taylor, 20
-April 2011: Valerie Mack, 24, Jane Doe No. 3 and her toddler are found
-December 2011: Gilbert’s remains are found
-July, 2023 – Suspect arrested