Queens handyman accused in grisly slaying of ex-lover DECLINES to testify earlier than grand jury
The jilted lover and ex-handyman accused in the horrific slaying of the Queens married mother of two Orsolya Gaal will not testify before the grand jury due to the charges against him, his lawyer told the judge.
David Bonola, 44, was marched into Queens Supreme Court in orange prison garb Tuesday with his long curly brown hair tied back and a mask partially covering his face.
The handcuffed Bonola did not utter a word as the female translator spoke to him in Spanish and his lawyer addressed the judge.
‘Mr. Bonola will not be testing before a grand jury. We withdraw from their request for him to appear before a grand jury,’ Attorney David Strom from Queens Defenders said.
Police escort a handcuffed Bonola into the courtroom on Tuesday
‘Mr. Bonala will not be testing before a grand jury. We withdraw from their request for him to appear before a grand jury,’ Attorney David Strom of Queens Defenders told the judge regarding his client, David Bonola, 44
The killer stands in court motionless next to his court-appointed attorney, David Strom
Bonola, who is from Mexico, had been living in the US for the last 21 years. Police said he had been living in New York in violation of immigration law before the gruesome murder
The former handyman was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree evidence tampering and fourth-degree weapon possession in relation to the brutal murder, a report said.
Bonola allegedly admitted to stabbing Gaal more than 58 times before stuffing her body in a duffel bag and dragging it down her residential Forest Hills street in the early morning hours of April 16.
He made his purported confession when questioned by police, making incriminating statements after voluntarily going to the police station amid the investigation.
Bonola was taken away by police escorts after his appearance in court on Tuesday
Bonola was obsessed with New York City crime and how to seduce women, according to his YouTube channel.
One week before the murder, the suspect updated his playlist by saving videos including one titled: ‘7 Mindsets that Attract Women Like Crazy.’
Some of the tips were how to attract beautiful woman and make ‘you become unstoppable with women… without you really having to do anything.’
Bonola did not upload videos himself, but instead saved a series of clips that he liked onto a playlist on his YouTube account, which is publicly visible.
Other videos Bonola saved included titles like ‘Pickup and first date confidence’ and ‘how to go down on a woman’
Additional videos on his playlist were sexually graphic in nature, while others dealt with topics such as: ‘How to deal with a relationship when a woman is just not that into you;’ ‘How you know you are with a Hungarian woman;’ ‘Male magnetic mindset that drives women wild.
His YouTube channel shows he saved thousands of shooting, rapes and murders, on curated playlists, including 754 videos of local news reports of violent crimes, The New York Post reported.
Some of the stabbing videos were eerily similar to the brutal slaying on the Queens mother. One of his videos shared the news report of Amie Harwick, a former sex therapist, who reportedly sought two restraining orders against ex-boyfriend before her February 2020 murder in Hollywood, the news outlet said
The married mother of two, had stayed behind with her 13-year-old son, while her husband, Howard Klein, was traveling out-of-state with their older son
Orsolya Gaal, who was the mother of two teenage sons, was of Hungarian-descent
Gaal had hired Bonola to do handyman work in her Forest Hills home. The pair had been having an on-off affair for two years before he allegedly murdered her with a kitchen knife in her basement during the early hours of April 16, while her 13-year-old son was upstairs.
Surveillance footage captured just hours after her murder showed Bonola walking along 114th Street near his apartment in Richmond Hill, just after 6am.
He is seen with bandage wrapped around his left hand as he makes his way down the street before heading into his apartment.
A photo of the tudor-style home that Orsolya Gaal, 51, had lived in with her husband and two sons before the tragic murder on April 16, 2022.
The day of the killing, Bonola allegedly headed to a CityMD in order to receive help for cuts on his hands. He was referred to Bellevue Hospital after urgent care doctors said the wounds were too deep for them to treat.
Police said they received a call around 8.10am on Saturday for a report of ‘a suspicious bag with blood on it at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Jackie Robinson Parkway in Forest Hills.’ The bag held Gaal’s body.
Cops then followed a trail of blood left by the dragged bag, leading back to Gaal’s home. They found son, Leo, inside unscathed and took him in for questioning, putting him in handcuffs, before letting him go later that day.
Gaal’s husband Howard Klein and her older son Jamie, who had been on the West Coast, rushed back. They have not been seen or heard from since.
He had reportedly gone over to the home in an attempt to resurrect the affair as the relationship had come to ‘the end’.
Bonola later confessed to the heinous crime after being spotted by police days after the murder.
Police sources told the New York Post that he was very ‘matter of fact,’ and that he proceeded to eat a bagel with cream cheese as if nothing had happened
‘It was very matter of fact, very thorough, he answered every question they had,’ a police source told the newspaper. At no point did he request a lawyer.
The day of Bonola’s arrest he screamed: ‘F**k you motherf****r!’ when a group of reporters asked him why he killed Gaal.
Bonola has been living in the US illegally after moving from Mexico 20 years ago. His estranged wife and children are believed to live in Queens with him.
NYPD detectives declined to comment on Bonola’s immigrant status but ICE has now filed a detainer with Queens Central Booking, where he is being held.
It is unclear if he will face additional charges related to his immigration status.
Bonola will next court appearance will be May 10, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.