The Manhattan DA's office today successfully argued that 35-year-old Gregory Velez be held without bail while he awaits trial for the brutal murder of 73-year-old East Harlem woman Juila Hernandez—a woman who just happens to be the great-grandmother of the accused's 10-year-old daughter. Along the way we learned more details about the awful crime, including the fact that 12 of Hernandez's ribs were broken while she tried to escape her attacker.

"They argued," assistant district attorney Anne-Marie Whelan told a Manhattan judge this morning. "When Mrs. Hernandez reached for the telephone to call police, he attacked her and choked her to death...Family members found her bound and gagged with blood on the floor and plastic on her face." According to authorities Hernandez's face was beaten in and she had been either knelt or sat on with enough force that 12 of her ribs were cracked.

Velez, who has a long rap sheet and denies any involvement in the crime, can be seen in surveillance video taking Hernandez's 46-inch television out of the building Tuesday night. He is due back in court next week to find out if he will be indicted for robbery and first degree murder.