CLOSTER, N.J. -- Authorities charged a Closter man with killing his roommate -- a former New York Knicks draft pick-- in their home nearly a year ago with help from a man who they said dumped the body in Brooklyn.
Mark Holdbrooks, 59, “drugged and murdered” his longtime roommate, 36-year-old Michael Wright, in their Macarthur Avenue home, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal said Wednesday.
Holdbrooks and David “King” Victor, 35, then wrapped the body in a large garbage bag and loaded it into the trunk of Wright’s white Lexus, Gurbir said.
Victor then drove the sedan to 16th Street in Brooklyn, where he abandoned it, “while Holdbrooks remained at home,” the prosecutor said.
On Nov. 8, 2015, Holdbrooks reported Wright missing. He told them “he had not seen nor heard from his close family friend and roommate” for three days, he said.
The car was found on Nov. 10 in the NYPD’s 70th Precinct, Grewal said.
“it was determined that Wright had suffered head trauma,” he said.
The NYPD notified Closter police, who called the prosecutor’s Homicide Squad.
Holdbrooks and Victor were ordered held on $3 million bail each. They remained held pending extradition to New Jersey, after which first appearances will be scheduled, the prosecutor said.
Each is charged with murder, desecration of human remains, hindering their arrests and possession of GHB, an illegal club drug, he said.
Wright played professional basketball in France, Turkey and Germany after being drafted by the Knicks -- but not making the roster -- out of the University of Arizona in 2001.