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Lawyer: Man accused of fatally shooting wife has dementia

August 28, 2019 GMT

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A lawyer for a Long Island man accused of fatally shooting his wife says the 65-year-old man has been suffering from dementia for years.

Robert Brown was arraigned Wednesday on murder charges in the death of 71-year-old Sarah Brown, whose body was discovered in their Riverhead home on Tuesday after an hours-long standoff with police.

Suffolk County police say officers had responded to a report of a man carrying a handgun Tuesday morning when they found Robert Brown barricaded in the house. He was taken into custody after police knocked down the door about five hours later.

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Newsday reports that Brown is being held without bail. His lawyer says he’s a lifelong resident of Riverhead and has no criminal record.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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