10 Years a Detainee: Why Some Spend Years on Rikers, Despite Right to Speedy Trial
By Reuven Blau
August 17, 2022
Back and Forth
Locked up for eight years, Dr. Keith Howard, who is facing a second-degree murder charge, is the second-longest-serving detainee on Rikers, records show.
He’s been held without bail since May 14, 2014, when authorities charged him with killing his tenant, Karla Shah-Boguwolski, 39, in Arverne, Queens, days before superstorm Sandy. He initially fled to Maryland after the murder, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.
In 2017, his trial ended in a hung jury. A second trial in 2019 resulted in a mistrial due to jurors’ scheduling conflicts. Howard has also changed lawyers multiple times, court records show.
Howard, a former psychiatrist now in his 60s, has long maintained his innocence.
The third trial is scheduled for the fall.