Brutal autopsy detail leads to twist in woman's apparent suicide

Olivia Lambert
·News Editor
·2-min read

A detail on the autopsy of a woman thought to have committed suicide has led to the belief she was actually murdered.

Danielle Marrano’s mangled body was discovered outside her New York City apartment building after she fell from a sixth-floor window on October 26.

After early suggestions the 37-year-old died by suicide, the Queens District Attorney, Melinda Katz, revealed her boyfriend, Shmuel Levine, has been indicted on murder charges for allegedly beating Ms Marrano to death.

“This woman’s last moments of life were brutal. The defendant allegedly resorted to vicious, physical violence to resolve a quarrel. The defendant has been charged accordingly and is in custody,” Ms Katz said in a statement.

Danielle Marrano (pictured) was allegedly killed by her boyfriend after an autopsy revealed a brutal detail.
Danielle Marrano was allegedly killed by her boyfriend. Source: Cusimano & Russo Funeral Home

Levine, 34, allegedly became embroiled in an argument with Ms Marrano and put the victim in a chokehold.

After she was found on the street she was rushed to hospital where she was later found dead.

According to a statement from the Queens County District Attorney, her autopsy later revealed she suffered at least four fractures to her skull that contributed to her death.

Two of those however were inconsistent with injuries sustained from a fall.

“Inside the apartment, police found hair that appeared to match Ms Marrano’s and also observed a large dent in the wall, according to the charges,” the statement said.

Danielle Marrano is pictured. She was found on a New York City sidewalk on October 26.
Ms Marrano was found on a New York City sidewalk on October 26. Source: Cusimano & Russo Funeral Home

Levine allegedly flew into a rage after Ms Marrano admitted she had been cheating on him, the New York Daily News reported.

“I put my hands around her because I just wanted to get the phone,” Levine told cops, according to the court papers seen by the publication.

"I was wrestling with her for the phone. I grabbed her to try and get to the phone and she was kicking me. It lasted about a minute — the chokehold was two seconds.”

If convicted, Levine could face up to 25 years to life in prison.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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