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Cheektowaga man, 88, charged with trying to kill wife with hammer in nursing home

Buffalo News - 9/11/2017

Sept. 11--An 88-year-old Cheektowaga man faces an attempted-murder charge after authorities said he hit his wife in the head with hammer in a nursing home on Saturday.

Martin Turkiewicz was charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault after the attack inside Garden Gate Health Care Facility, 2365 Union Road, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said.

Martin Turkiewicz is accused of attacking Rita Turkiewicz, 86, the district attorney's office said. She suffered serious injuries and was being treated at Erie County Medical Center.

The attack was described as "a domestic incident" by the McGuire Group, which operates Garden Gate and issued a statement Monday. The victim, who the McGuire Group did not identify by name, was a patient at the facility.

Martin Turkiewicz pleaded not guilty in Cheektowaga Town Court and was ordered held without bail by Town Justice Paul S. Piotrowski. He is scheduled to be back in court Wednesday morning.

The case is being prosecuted by Homicide Bureau Chief Colleen Curtin Gable, the district attorney's office said. District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. commended the work of Cheektowaga Police Lt. Kenneth Rusin, Detective Terance Griffin and Detective James Jenson on the case.

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