Tempers flare at court appearance for slain woman's suspected killer

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Tempers ran high during a court appearance Tuesday for one of two people suspected of killing and dismembering 25-year-old Lisa Marie Velasquez.

Velasquez's family was visibly upset after a relative of Ciara Martinez shouted out to her words of encouragement. The victim's family shouted words of their own, calling Martinez "a murderer."

A family member of Martinez's was seen running from cameras and refusing to talk to reporters. The mother of the second suspect, Daquan Wheeler, said her son is innocent.

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Wheeler's court appearance was rescheduled for this Thursday, the same day as Velasquez's viewing.

Both Martinez and Wheeler are accused of beating Velasquez with a hammer, cutting up her body and dumping the remains in separate Bronx parks. They each face charges of murder, manslaughter and concealing a human corpse.

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