Roommate Linked To PAL Slay By PETE DONOHUE and MICHAEL O. ALLEN, Daily News Staff Writers

February 2, 1997

Police Athletic League coach Anthony Pickens was killed because a woman selling drugs out of his Queens apartment was annoyed that Pickens had fallen behind in his rent, law enforcement sources said yesterday.

Police were hunting yesterday for the roommate, a woman neighbors identified only as Bernadette, and at least two accomplices who allegedly beat Pickens, 38, to death last week, then tried to get rid of the body by soaking it in a bathtub filled with muriatic acid.

Two other men, Guy Daquin, 19, and Eric (Black) Williams, 22, were arrested Friday and charged in the crime.

Pickens, a father of three, interned last year in the domestic violence unit of the Queens district attorney’s office.

The woman used the room as a crack den, the source said. But Pickens’ financial troubles and possible eviction put the location in jeopardy.

The killing occurred after Pickens and the woman argued last weekend, the law enforcement source said.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the assailants beat Pickens in the head and torso. The body was then dumped in the tub.

Original Story Date: 020297