Man on trial for wife's fatal beating inside couple's home

A 69-year-old man is on trial for allegedly killing his wife during an argument inside the couple's central New York home earlier this year and hiding her body in a rental storage unit.

Posted: Dec. 15, 2018 7:22 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A 69-year-old man is on trial for allegedly killing his wife during an argument inside the couple's central New York home earlier this year and hiding her body in a rental storage unit.

Pande "Pete" Trifunovski is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 62-year-old Snezana "Suzie" Trifunovski.

Prosecutors say the husband beat and strangled his wife during an argument in their Lysander home last January. Her body was later found dumped in a storage locker in a neighboring town.

Pete Trifunovski testified Friday that he and his wife, both natives of Macedonia, fought often during their 25-year marriage. His attorney contends Trifunovski didn't' intend to kill his wife on Jan. 8 and only did so in a fit of rage.

Prosecutors say his rage wasn't an isolated incident, but had been building for decades.

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