- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 4, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - An Academy Award-winning songwriter’s son is due to answer allegations that he killed his swimsuit designer girlfriend. She was found dead in a bathtub at a trendy New York hotel.

Nicholas Brooks has a court date Tuesday in Manhattan. He’s been held without bail since his arrest in Sylvie Cachay’s (CASH’-ay) Dec. 9 death.

The 24-year-old Brooks was initially charged with attempted murder and strangulation. Court records show he has since been indicted on a murder charge.

Brooks‘ lawyer has said Cachay was “absolutely fine” when Brooks last saw her at the SoHo House. It’s an elite club and hotel.

Medical examiners say the 33-year-old Cachay was strangled and drowned.

Brooks’s father is “You Light Up My Life” writer Joseph Brooks.

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