Lowery Will Be Charged With Murder This Afternoon

Natavia Lowery, the 26-year-old assistant to the late Linda Stein, will be charged later this afternoon with second degree murder.

“The ME”–medical examiner–“says she died of multiple skull fractures, and so we’re going to charge that the death occurred because the defendant hit her six or seven times in the head with a hard object,” Barbara Thompson, director of communications for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, just told The Observer.

Contrary to previous reports, Ms. Thompson said the object wasn’t a hammer.

Ms. Lowery will be charged in a felony complaint by mid-afternoon, Ms. Thompson said, and arraigned probably after five o’clock. The courtroom, like the case so far, will be a spectacle: “We will say stuff in court where I’ll go, ‘Wow! We said that?’” Ms. Thompson said.

Second-degree murder is punishable by a maximum of 25 years to life in prison. A press conference is scheduled for 2:30 today, so expect updates.