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Buffalo man charged in nursing home hammer attack on wife

  • Martin Turkiewicz allegedly attacked his wife Rita in her room as she was doing physical rehabilitation therapy on Saturday in Cheektowaga, New York
  • Police received a 911 call that hung up and the front desk didn’t know about any altercation when responders called back
  • Soon after someone called 911 and said that a man had come up to the desk saying that he had just killed his wife with a hammer
  • Rita is currently being treated for serious injuries in the hospital 

Martin Turkiewicz allegedly walked into his wife Rita’s room at a nursing home and hit her with a hammer on Saturday

An 88-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after hitting his 86-year-old wife in the head with a hammer near Buffalo, New York. 

Martin Turkiewicz allegedly walked into his wife Rita’s room at a nursing home where she was doing physical rehabilitation therapy and hit her with a hammer on Saturday in Cheektowaga, New York.

Someone called 911 just before 6pm on Saturday and hung up. When dispatchers called back the front desk did not know of any problems. 

A few minutes later, dispatchers were told that a man just walked up to the desk and said he just killed his wife with a hammer.

Rita is being treated for serious injuries including fractures at a hospital.

The couple have been married for 60 years and have no children. A possible motive has not been released. 

Martin was also charged with assault following Saturday’s attack inside the Garden Gate Health Care Facility in his hometown in suburban Buffalo.

He has pleaded not guilty and is being held in jail without bail pending a court appearance Wednesday. He faces a maximum of 25 years in prison if convicted.

The Garden Gate Health Care Facility released a statement saying it was cooperating fully with the police investigation. 

Rita Turkiewicz, 86, was doing physical therapy at nursing home pictured above

Rita Turkiewicz, 86, was doing physical therapy at nursing home pictured above

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