Grandson arrested in death of woman found wrapped in sheet outside Crown Heights home

Posted at 8:08 PM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-24 08:21:15-04

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — A man has been arrested in connection with the death of his grandmother, whose body was found wrapped in a bedsheet on the ground outside a home in Brooklyn Thursday, police said.

Barry James, 32, of Brooklyn, faces a charge of second-degree murder, police said Thursday evening.

A passerby found the body of Joyce Spears shortly before 2 a.m. on Union Street near Troy Avenue, police said. That person called 911 and when first responders arrived, they pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

James was taken into custody not far from the scene, police said.

He was later identified as the victim's grandson. Police said the pair lived together in Spears' apartment on Union Street. It was outside that apartment that the 70-year-old's body was found.

Spears' cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.