NY cops: Man, 90, hit, suffocated wife of 67 years

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a 90-year-old western New York man bludgeoned and suffocated his wife of nearly 68 years, but they still haven't released a motive for the attack.

John Bunz appeared briefly in court Thursday to waive his right to a hearing on a second-degree murder charge in the death of his 89-year-old wife, Virginia. The case will now go to a grand jury.

Virginia Bunz's body was found early Sunday in the couple's apartment at a retirement community in Amherst. He was briefly hospitalized with self-inflicted wounds and had two black eyes and a bruise on his neck when he was brought to court Thursday.

His lawyer declined to comment. A not guilty plea was entered for Bunz at his arraignment Sunday. He's being held without bail.

The couple would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary April 4.

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