The East Meadow man charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife repeatedly struck her in the head with a dumbbell, court records show.
Mirian Bejarano, 52, died from blunt force trauma in the attack last month at her home on Prospect Avenue, police said Thursday.
Her husband, Hector Bejarano, 53, was arrested at that home Wednesday by Nassau County police after about two weeks on the lam. Police received a tip on his whereabouts.
Det. Sgt. James Skopek of the homicide squad said that investigators considered Bejarano to be a suspect early on in the investigation and had been looking for him until Thursday.
Bejarano was represented by the Legal Aid Society at arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty. He was ordered held without bail Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead. He is due back in court Monday.
Mirian Bejarano was found dead on the floor of her home on April 28 by emergency personnel responding to a 911 call reporting "an unconscious female." An undisclosed family member made that call.
She was pronounced dead by a Nassau police ambulance medical technician at 4:07 p.m. A police spokesman, Chief of Detectives Kevin Smith, said at a news conference then that investigators did not believe the homicide to be "a random act of violence" -- and said police were interested in speaking with family members.
Police also said the victim lived in the house with her husband and son, and tenants, who lived upstairs, and said investigators did not know the whereabouts of the husband.
Smith said last month that the son, whose name was not released, was at work when Bejarano's body was found.
He also said there had been no prior calls to police reporting incidents at the home.
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