86-Year-Old Accused of Murder in Wife's Staircase Death

NBC 4 New York

An 86-year-old Queens man has been charged with murdering his 78-year-old wife, who was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home this week, authorities say.

Ovidio Porras also is accused of tampering with physical evidence and criminal contempt in the Wednesday death of Luz Porras. She was found in a first-floor stairwell in the Woodhaven home on 91st Street where the two lived.

The NYPD says she had trauma to her face. Police say it appears he struck her and she fell. They say it's not clear how she wound up at the foot of the stairs, but it's believed an attack killed her.

Police say the two were involved in an ongoing domestic dispute.

The medical examiner has yet to issue a cause of death.

Information on a possible attorney for Ovidio Porras wasn't immediately available.

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