JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The arraignment for a New Jersey father accused of killing his wife has been postponed.
Steven Acuna was scheduled to be arraigned by video conference from prison Monday afternoon. However, his first court appearance has now been put off until Tuesday afternoon the earliest after he was taken to the hospital for an undisclosed medical condition.
Acuna was arrested Friday night and charged with murder after the body of his wife, 32-year-old Randy “Amanda” Lehrer, was found in a 55-gallon cement-filled drum in the basement of the Jersey City apartment building where the couple and their infant daughter lived.
1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg with Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio
Prosecutors tell 1010 WINS it appears manual strangulation was the cause of death.
Authorities believe Lehrer was killed shortly after she was seen leaving the diner where she worked on Aug 17.
Acuna reported his wife missing last month claiming she disappeared after an argument.
Police said Acuna had waited three days before reporting his wife missing and told her co-workers she had gone to Canada to visit her ailing mother. Police also said he’s been uncooperative with authorities since the start of their investigation.
Acuna is being held on $1 million bail.
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