A New York lady was indicted on manslaughter charges on Thursday, roughly a year after she purportedly beat her lover to death with a pot or pan before setting his house on fire to conceal the crime.
Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas told that Jennifer Gross, 54, fatally attacked James M. Coppola, 75, at his Long Island home last November after he denied to give her money. Singas also alleged that Gross stole jewelry from the house before lighting the house ablaze, according to The Long Island Herald.
Officials said they knew from the beginning that they were investigating arson as the fire started at the center of the home.
Gross was reportedly Coppola’s wife for 20 years, but Nassau County police detective lieutenant Stephen Fitzpatrick said Coppola was trying to distance himself from the “contentious” relationship. Coppola was told to have a protection order upon Gross at the time of his death.
According to the news break, Fitzpatrick also claimed that the suspect fled the scene in a taxi cab and eventually pawned the victim’s jewels.
Jennifer Gross was reportedly earlier married to former Nassau County District Court Judge David Gross, who was convicted to nearly three years in jail in 2007 for scheming to launder approximately $400,000 in profits from stolen jewel.
Held in late September, Jennifer Gross has pleaded not guilty to all attacks, including murder, manslaughter, robbery, and arson. Her next court date is registered for December 18.