Assistant Confesses to Stein Murder

She flew into a rage, beat celeb Realtor with a yoga stick
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2007 5:48 PM CST
NYPD detectives escort Natavia Lowery from the Seventh Police Precinct in New York. Friday, Nov. 9, 2007. Lowery, 26, was charged with second-degree murder in the vicious slaying of multi-millionaire...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The assistant to celebrity Realtor Linda Stein confessed today to beating her boss to death. Natavia Lowry was arrested and charged with second-degree murder after she made a videotaped confession that she flew into a rage when Stein blew pot smoke in her face and was verbally abusive to her. She described grabbing a weighted yoga stick and striking Stein six or seven times in the head.

Lowry, who had been working only a few months for Stein, was identified by police on the apartment's surveillance camera, the New York Post reports; she had one prior identity theft conviction. Meanwhile, longtime friend Elton John is planning a memorial concert for Stein, who was once the manager for the Ramones; the proceeds will benefit cancer research.