Lawyers in the Brent Sikkema murder case resign

The two Brazilian lawyers representing the man accused of killing New York gallery owner Brent Sikkema in Rio de Janeiro in January have resigned.

Attorneys Greg Andrade and Edna de Castro represented Alejandro Triana Prevez, the Cuban man who testified that he stabbed Sikkema to death as part of a hit-man scheme allegedly orchestrated by Sikkema’s ex-husband, Daniel Carrera. After visiting Prevez at Bangu 8 prison, where he is being held ahead of his trial, the lawyers said they had withdrawn their power of attorney “for reasons of personal conscience” and because they disagreed with Prevez on the best way to defend him.

Moreover, Andrade and de Castro also cryptically mentioned “external influences” that have an interest in preventing relevant information from being used in the defense.

“We do not agree with schemes, schemes and other maneuvers aimed at benefiting everyone for money,” Andrade and de Castro said in a joint statement via text message. “The careers of lawyers Gregório Andrade and Edna de Castro are not for sale.”

When asked to clarify the said arrangements and plans, Andrade said he cannot prove it but believes Prevez spoke to Carrera, the ex-husband believed to have orchestrated Sikkema’s death.

Greg Andrade and Edna de Castro, former lawyers for the man suspected of killing Brent Sikkema, are photographed outside a prison in Brazil in January 2024. Photo courtesy of Greg Andrade.

The links between Carrera and Prevez were reported shortly after the latter was arrested, although Prevez initially denied committing the crime. In the following weeks, Prevez’s lawyers indicated he might confess and suggested the killing was a “crime of command.” Prevez’s relatives also pointed fingers at Carrera, suggesting he manipulated Prevez with money and exploited his need for a father figure.

In February, Prevez testified that Carrera paid him $200,000 to commit the murder, prompting Brazilian authorities to seek Carrera’s arrest. Carrera, reached by text message at the time, denied involvement. However, he was arrested in the United States in March on charges of passport fraud and was labeled a flight risk by U.S. prosecutors.

“Our line of defense for Alejandro is that he tells the truth,” Andrade said, adding that attorneys will not condone “trying to protect other people who may be involved in this crime.”

The lawyers said they resigned ahead of an upcoming hearing; Prevez’s trial is scheduled for later this year in Rio de Janeiro.

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