A 54-year-old Long Beach woman is in custody following the death of a 75-year-old man in Centre Island. New York authorities are charging the woman with both murder and arson in connection with the death. As of Sept. 21, no court date was announced. When she appears in court, she will be represented by a criminal defense attorney tasked with building a strong case in her defense.
According to records, the woman and the victim shared a 20-year relationship described as violent; apparently the man had an order of protection against the woman before his death. Police initially responded to reports of a fire at the man’s residence around 10 p.m. the night of Nov. 20, 2018. By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, much of the house had been destroyed.
Police recovered the body of the man from the wreckage of his home. Postmortem analysis suggested the man’s injuries were consistent with being beaten to death. Police suspect the woman entered the home, engaged in an altercation with the man resulting in his death, then burned the house down to cover the crime. Of course, at this time this is all conjecture and will have to be proven in criminal court before any conviction is possible.
Murder and arson charges are taken very seriously in the state of New York, and if the woman is found guilty of killing the victim, she could face years in prison. However, she is also entitled to a fair and balanced trial, and the support of a criminal defense attorney to represent her in court. This attorney will carefully review all the facts of the case, including any evidence offered by the prosecution, in order to determine how best to build a defense for her.