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NEW YORK — The defendant is accused Hiding the body of a woman found dead in New York's Kips Bay neighborhood has now been charged with murder.

Chad Irish, 55, is accused of killing 31-year-old Yazmeen Williams, who was found dead Friday. Her body was wrapped in a sleeping bag and hidden in a garbage bag on 27th Street between Second and Third Avenues. Police say Williams was shot in the head.

The motive for the shooting is currently unclear.

Irish was arrested Monday afternoon and initially charged with concealing a human corpse. Surveillance video allegedly shows Irish in a motorized wheelchair pulling what appears to be the same garbage bag that Williams' body was found in down the street.

The charges were upgraded to murder and improper disposal of a human corpse on Wednesday. Irish was also charged with possession of a weapon and menacing after allegedly threatening a neighbor with a gun during an argument.

Chad Irish denies involvement in Yazmeen Williams murder

As he was whisked out of the 13th Precinct to face a judge in criminal court on Wednesday, Irish denied any involvement in Williams' death.

“All I know is that I didn’t do anything,” he said.

Irish also denies threatening his neighbors with a gun when confronted about Williams' disappearance.

“Never. I have never pointed a gun at anyone,” he said.

Williams was an aspiring lawyer about to start a new job with the city's Department of Housing and Preservation. Her family described her as an energetic and caring sister to her twin brother and younger sister.

In response to the aggravated charges, Williams' family members say it has been a trying few days and they are working to get strong for Irish's future court dates, adding they will not give up until justice is served.

Williams' family is currently planning a vigil to honor her life. They say she was a beautiful soul who deserves justice.

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