Out of state arrest in dentist murder

Nearly a month after a Forest Hills orthodontist was gunned down in front of his four-year-old daughter, authorities have arrested a relative of his ex-wife’s in connection with the cold-blooded murder.
Mikhail Mallayev, 50, was taken into custody on Saturday, November 17 at his home in Chamblee, Georgia. Authorities matched his fingerprints - which were on file with the New York Police Department from a 1994 arrest - to eight which were found on the crude bleach bottle and duct tape silencer that was used to muffle the gunshots in the Sunday, October 28 killing of Daniel Malakov, 34 in the Annadale playground near P.S. 175 in Forest Hills.
Mallayev - who is described as an in-law of Mazoltuv Borukhova, Malakov’s ex-wife - is currently in the custody of DeKalb County, Georgia, authorities awaiting extradition to Queens. He is charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
The arrest is the latest twist in the ongoing murder case and ensuing custody battle over four-year-old Michelle.
At the time of his death, Malakov was meeting with Borukhova to hand over Michelle for a visit. He had been granted custody only the week before on October 20.
Following her father’s execution, Michelle went to live with his parents, but then was placed in foster care as her mother fought to regain custody.
The New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) filed a petition during the proceedings accusing Borukhova of neglect.
The judge ruled Michelle undergo grief counseling and granted visitation rights to both Borukhova and Malakov’s parents.
On November 5, Borukhova - who Malakov’s mother, Malka Malakov, has alleged is responsible for the murder - testified in Queens Family Court that her ex-husband abused her, an allegation that a divorce lawyer denies.

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