Woman, 83, accused of murdering her husband appears in court

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Erie County Sheriff’s deputies quietly and quickly hauled 83-year-old Phyllis Eson out a back exit of the Town of Tonawanda court, after she pleaded not guilty to second degree murder.

Eson is accused of killing her elderly husband in their Hawthorne Avenue home earlier this month.

Thursday’s arraignment had been delayed pending the results of a psychological examination. Assistant District Attorney James Bargnesi said Eson was determined fit to stand trial.

“It’s unusual, for sure, but not unheard of. We had a similar homicide a few years ago in the Town of Amherst. Roles were reversed, husband who killed his wife. The age and the fact that it’s the wife makes it more unusual but not something that’s a one in a million, unfortunately,” Bargnesi said.

She waived her right to a felony hearing. This case will now go to an Erie County grand jury within the next 45 days.

Eson was sent back to the Erie County Holding Center without bond.

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