Sheepshead man charged with murder in fatal stabbing of professor

Horror in Flatbush: A man faces life in prison for allegedly murdering New School professor Jeremy Safran inside his Stratford Road home last month.
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A Sheepshead Bay man faces life in prison for allegedly killing a professor inside his Flatbush home last month.

Mirzo Atadzhanov was indicted on murder and burglary charges on June 8, and could spend the rest of his days behind bars without parole if convicted, according to the district attorney’s office.

“This defendant allegedly burglarized a house and, when confronted by the homeowner, brutally stabbed him to death,” said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

On May 7, police found the body of 66-year-old New School psychology professor Jeremy Safran — with two stab wounds in the chest and three in the stomach — in the basement of his home, pronouncing him dead at the scene after receiving a 911 call from his wife, prosecutors said.

Authorities say police found the Atadzhanov hiding in a basement closet inside the house, and discovered the knife allegedly used in the stabbing in his car trunk, according to the district attorney’s office. Earlier in the day, Atadzhanov allegedly followed Safran’s daughter to the front door, spoke to her, then left, the office said.

Neither police nor the district attorney’s office answered questions on how the knife used in the attack was found in the car, while Atadzhanov was found in the house. A spokeswoman for the district attorney said more information would come out in court.

His defense attorney declined to speak about the case, but the New York Daily News reported that Atadzhanov claimed he was doing work for Safran in the house when the two got into an argument, and the stabbing was in self-defense.

Atadzhanov’s next court date is Aug. 29.

Reach reporter Adam Lucente at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_Lucente.
Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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