MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (WTXF) - 42-year-old Laciana Tinsley was behind bars in the Burlington County Jail Tuesday night, charged with the brutal murder of her husband after investigators say she beat the 74-year old to death with a fire extinguisher.
It happened at the couple's neatly kept home on Hancock Lane in Willingboro, New Jersey Monday afternoon.
Neighbors say police swarmed the home and cordoned it off with crime scene tape.
Police say the motive for the murder is still being investigated. They say Tinsley struck her husband multiple times in the head with the fire extinguisher.
Neighbors didn't want to go on camera but several said they heard loud arguments coming from the home on several occasions and that Tinsley had moved out of the home with her college-age daughter back in the summer time, but then moved back in recently.
In court, Tinsley attorney Cedric Edwards argued that his client was being smothered by her husband.
He told a judge the former state employee was a violent man. He described the incident as a case of self-defense. That left Willingboro residents with more questions than answers.
Tinsley was ordered held without bail until a detention hearing later this week. The case will be sent to a county grand jury. This is the second murder in Willingboro so far this year.