Hus­band charged in wife’s mur­der

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

HAM­BURG >> More than eight months af­ter his wife’s body was found stran­gled to death in their Ham­burg home, state po­lice have charged Gary Lenkiewicz with her mur­der.

The charges against Lenkiewicz, 57, were an­nounced Fri­day af­ter­noon by state po­lice at the Ham­burg bar­racks.

Ham­burg Bor­ough Po­lice were dis­patched to the cou­ple’s home in the 400 block of Fifth Street on Feb. 17 just af­ter 5 p.m.

There they found the body of Suzanne Lenkiewicz, 58, dead and her hus­band with stab wounds. State po­lice were called in to as­sist.

Six days later Gary Lenkiewicz was re­leased from the hospi­tal.

An au­topsy was per­formed at the Read­ing Hospi­tal on Feb. 19 and it was de­ter­mined the cause of death was man­ual stran­gu­la­tion and the man­ner of death was ruled homi­cide, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease is­sued Fri­day by state po­lice.

Charges of crim­i­nal homi­cide, mur­der of the first de­gree, mur­der of the third de­gree, ag­gra­vated as­sault, and stran­gu­la­tion were filed against Gary Lenkiewicz, ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease.

Troop­ers said the cou­ple had a his­tory of do­mes­tic in­ci­dents.

The re­lease of­fered no ex­pla­na­tion for the eight­month de­lay in bring­ing charges and state po­lice could not be reached for ad­di­tional com­ment.

Gary Lenkiewicz was ar­raigned be­fore District Judge Kim Ba­gen­stose and sent to Berks County Prison. There is no bail in homi­cide cases.

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