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NJ woman indicted on murder charge in fatal fire extinguisher beating of husband

Posted at 10:33 AM, Apr 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-23 10:33:30-04

Laciana Tinsley allegedly beat her husband to death with a fire extinguisher. (Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office)

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. — A woman accused of fatally beating her husband with a fire extinguisher inside their New Jersey home has been indicted on a murder charge.

Laciana Tinsley also faces a weapons count in the indictment that was recently handed up by a Burlington County grand jury.

The 42-year-old woman has said she was acting in self-defense when she hit her 74-year-old husband, Douglas, in their Willingboro home on Jan. 30. She claims he had hit her with a chair and smothered her with a pillow.

Authorities say Laciana Tinsley struck her husband in the head multiple times with the fire extinguisher. An autopsy determined that he died from blunt head trauma.

A judge ruled in February that Tinsley will remain jailed until her trial. Tinsley is being held in the Atlantic County Jail.