Soho House Killer Pleads Not Guilty

by Mara Siegler · January 4, 2011

Nick Brooks, son of Oscar-winning composer and accused rapist Joseph Brooks, plead not guilty in court today over the bathtub drowning and strangulation of his girlfriend, swimsuit designer Sylvie Cachay in Soho House on Dec. 9. Do they have enough evidence to convict him?

It is believed that Nick and Sylvie's relationship was on the rocks and she was trying to leave him. Prosecutor Jordan Arnold stated previously that "[f]riends of the victim said the relationship was coming to an end and the defendant did not accept that reality."

Police found a note from Nick in Sylvie's pocketbook apologizing, and there is speculation he set fire to her apartment, causing her to rent the room at the hotel.

Nick told cops that Sylvie was alive when he left for dinner, but a video shows him entering and exiting the room. Toxicology reports that came in last week showed there was no way Sylvie could have harmed herself and that she was, in fact, murdered.

Nick has been in jail since his arrest the day after Sylvie's death.  If found guilty he could spend up to 25 years in jail.