Arraignment For Steven Acuna, Accused Of Killing Jersey City Mom, Delayed

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.

If convicted, what is the appropriate punishment in this case? Let us know below…

  • Elizabeth Levi

    We will never forget you our beautiful Amanda, your body is dead, but your beautiful heart and soul will live with us forever,i knew her personaly and i will never forget her warm smile, and all i have to say about this poor loser is that i feel so sorry for him, she now resting in peace, but you are already burning in hell, son of a b****,,,,,,,shana tov happy new year to the jewish comunity

  • Lucia Lehrer

    I need to say this because I see that after the fact every one is coming out and saying how volatile their relationship was…People don’t like to interfere and help those in need!~ if you hear a woman scream it’s your duty to go to help her! She was obviously in trouble and a candle light vigil does not excuse the behavior of the neighbors!
    We live in a selfish society and always ready to be heroes after the fact! The truth is that she was alone in a country that gave her very little rights, and her husband held the key to her life!
    He should be chopped off every day of his miserable life..A finger a day until he’ll beg to be killed!
    Her funeral is tomorrow and and I have to face her coffin, and seeing her sitting on my couch and remembering her captivating smile..
    It’s time you wake up and stop this violence against women!

  • Akabouya Bouyaka

    No parol no bail put him with gay inmates . He is ugly anyway lol
    Ok let”s be serious.
    Randy soul is more alive then before and I think she will be there for the little one.
    She will probably hunt HIM in his nightmares knowing how strong she was as a human…
    Before anything the baby is Jewish and should come home to Montreal comunity. Shoussssssshana is one hell of a fighter and I bieleve in her.
    All my respect and condolienses to all of the family.

  • Ethel Annett

    If there is the death penalty in N.J. he should get it. If not life without parol.
    His parental rights terminated forever. Let us hope the baby is re-united with her Montreal family and given a loving home. Forget this monster and remember this beautiful mother and daughter that was taken away too soon.

  • Missym

    There is a mother that lost her child and a child that lost her mother and a husband that will now lose his child and his wife from his hand, there is no life without suffering anger does horrible things to people. This man will claim had mental health issues and be sent to a hospital for observation and the findings will say what person in their right mind could do this? Right mind being mind full is a choice and in his case I hope they keep him locked up for good. This week is our Jewish New Year the family will never be the same. We all need to report domestic violence when it happens before it is too late, we are all to blame on this one. Punishment for this case, there is none long enough.Shana Tova what a year,,

  • furious

    I agree, he looks like a total loser! A slob!

  • furious

    Death penalty is an easy way out. Let him rot in jail and be someones beotch! Amanda guided the police to her body to make sure he didn’t get away with it. Based on the medias description, she was double or triple cemented and no way could anyone be found in that much cement.
    It was a very selfish act, as not only did he hurt his wife, he hurt his family and her family, and let us not forget the true sufferer, the baby.
    I pray that Amanda’s family get to raise, love and care for the baby. She need not know what a monster her father is!

    • J

      I’m sorry, I hit report when I meant to hit reply! I wanted to say I agree with you wholeheartedly. Poor innocent baby. May she never have to endure the pain of knowing what a monster her father was and how brutally he treated her mother. RIP Amanda.

  • eileen

    I don’t care if this piece of garbage is vomiting his guts up. Who cares how this murderer feels? He should have no rights! This beautiful girl didn’t. Why should he have any rights because he doesn’t feel good.She was so first class. He should have no rights. Garbage!

  • LiberalsAreEvil

    This POS needs to get beat up in jail and then he should be exterminated like the roach that he is.

  • Linda

    Where is the child and is she alright ? I think this guy needs to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. After all, he sentenced his wife to the death penalty and his daughter to a life without a mother. No plea deals here.

  • JoeSmith

    He even LOOKS like a d**chebag, ……Fry him he’s a piece of garbage. That poor little 1 year old has no parents now.. so sad

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