Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Man Indicted in Machete Killing

From the AP

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A man accused of hacking his wife to death with a machete and leaving her body in her bed was arraigned Tuesday on a second-degree murder charge.

Thomas Delenzik was ordered held without bail during a hearing before state Supreme Court Justice Robert Doyle.

He was arrested Jan. 24 after his wife, Myong-Ok Delenzik, 46, was found dead by her daughter.

Police initially said that Delenzik, 42, and his wife were arguing over his refusal to take an undisclosed medication, but Assistant District Attorney Nancy Clifford said Tuesday that the argument centered on her anger over his unemployment and her threats to leave him after 19 years of marriage.

"We are not aware of any mental illness," Clifford said.

Delenzik's court-appointed attorney declined to comment.

Just another case where the absence of firearms does not equate to the absence of violence. Perhaps if his wife was armed with something other than attitude she might be alive today.

In any case, restricting the tools available to commit violence just caused the attacker to use different tools.

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