NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man has been charged with murder after a 70-year-old woman’s body was found wrapped in a bed sheet in Crown Heights, Brooklyn early Thursday.
Police were called at 1:46 a.m. to 1635 Union St. near Troy Avenue, and found the body of Joyce Spears wrapped in a bed sheet in front of the building, police said. Spears had suffered trauma to her body, police said.READ MORE: Suspect Charged With Murder, Arson For Bronx Apartment Fire That Killed 2 In 2018
Spears was pronounced dead at the scene by FDNY EMS crews, police said.READ MORE: COVID Restrictions: New York City Restaurants Can Increase Capacity, New Jersey Raises Gathering Limits
Barry James, 32, was taken into custody at the scene and was charged with murder, police said.MORE NEWS: COVID Vaccine In NYC: City Officials Modifying Outreach Efforts As Demand For Vaccines Plummets
Police did not indicate the relationship between Spears and James, but did say they lived at the same address. The New York Post reported that James was Spears’ grandson and reported that police alleged he beat her to death with a dumbbell and stabbed her before leaving her body with the trash.