Cops arrest man after finding slain wife in Brooklyn apartment



Cops cuffed a 53-year-old man after bursting into a Brooklyn apartment and finding his wife stabbed to death early Monday, police sources said.


The assailant repeatedly knifed 55-year-old Laverne Spencer in the torso and legs in the Gates Ave. apartment near Marcy Ave., in Bed-Stuy just after midnight, authorities said.


She was rushed to Woodhull Hospital but did not survive.


Police believe an argument prompted the savage attack.


Spencer’s husband, Anthony Bradford, 53, was charged Tuesday in his wife’s death. He was initially nabbed after EMS rushed to a medical call around the corner from the killing on Monroe St., near Tompkins Ave. He had a sliced hand and told first responders he hurt someone at a nearby apartment, police sources said. Cops found Spencer on the floor of the apartment.


He faces murder and weapon possession charges, police said. 


Marvin Herring, 19, who lives across the street, said the victim was a “nice lady” who walked her dog every day.


“She was polite, she was real nice to everyone on the block,” he said. “This lady was all smiles.”


Herring was shocked that someone could viciously murder her.


“This is crazy,” he said. “When you see a lady that polite, it’s like, why her? The situation and how it happened is so stupid.”


Herring said the woman’s husband was perpetually intoxicated.


“He was a block drunk,” he said. “His favorite part of the neighborhood was the liquor store.”


But he said the crime was still baffling — alcohol or no alcohol.


“Your spouse? What would make you murder your spouse? You can’t be that drunk,” Herring said. “I hope he rots in jail.”


Bradford boasts a lengthy criminal rap sheet with assault, petit larceny and multiple alcohol-related arrests dating back to 1997.  

With John Annese

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