WOODBURY, N.J. (CBS 3/AP) — Prosecutors say a New Jersey man beat his wife to death, dumped her body in their backyard swimming pool then drove to a local restaurant in an attempt to cover up the killing.
In an announcement Wednesday, Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton said 51-year-old Norman Long, of Woolwich Township, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, 47-year-old Michelle Long.
Dalton said during the press conference that Mr. Long tried to cover-up the murder by placing her body in the swimming pool and then going to a nearby Applebee’s.
“Our investigation determined that Mr. Long killed his wife inside their home and placed her fully-clothed body in their backyard swimming pool,” he said. “He subsequently drove to a local restaurant and upon his return pretended to discover her body in a pool and advised first responders that she drowned.”
However, an autopsy determined her cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Long has been committed to a state psychiatric hospital following his arrest Tuesday after prosecutors say he threatened suicide.
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