An elderly woman accused of murdering her friend and drugging the deceased’s friends in an attempt to cover up her alleged role in a botched drug deal in New Jersey has been arrested, authorities said.
The 57-year-old woman was arrested Sunday in connection with the death of her friend, 59-yearold Robert L. Williams, who was found dead from a drug overdose in her apartment in the Bronx, authorities told The Associated Press.
Investigators said Williams was found in his apartment about 11 p.m.
Sunday after neighbors heard a loud thud from Williams’ bedroom.
The woman, who had previously been charged with the murder of her boyfriend, was arrested after she showed police a pair of handcuffs allegedly belonging to Williams and said she had taken them from her boyfriend and put them in a backpack, authorities previously said.
Police said the woman told investigators that she believed Williams had taken the drugs for her to sell to help cover up the drug deal.
Investigators found Williams’ wallet, which contained $300 in cash and $30 in cashier’s checks, as well as Williams’ keys, a laptop computer and several other items at his apartment.
Williams’ girlfriend and another woman in the apartment where Williams was discovered also died from a cocaine overdose, authorities say.
Williams had recently been hospitalized after suffering a heart attack.
He had been prescribed a medication that he didn’t take and had not been getting, police said.
Williams was originally charged with second-degree murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to six years of probation.
His case was also sealed until a judge decides whether to sentence him to life in prison without parole.
Williams, who lived in New Brunswick, New Jersey, died in 2015 at age 61.