Boyfriend Charged With Murder of East Hampton Woman

Jini Barnum disappeared after an argument with her boyfriend, Anthony Garofalo, police said.

By Bob Connors
|  Monday, Jan 28, 2013  |  Updated 3:48 PM EDT
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Boyfriend Charged With Murder of East Hampton Woman

East Hampton police arrested Anthony Garofalo, 38, on Monday and charged him with the murder of his girlfriend, Jini Barnum.

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Police have arrested the boyfriend of a murdered East Hampton woman who went missing last July.

East Hampton police arrested Anthony Garofalo, 38, on Monday and charged him with the murder of his girlfriend, Jini Barnum.

Barnum was last seen alive July 28, 2012 after an argument with Garofalo, according to police. According to investigators, Garofalo reported Barnum missing the next day.

Barnum, 30, was a mother of two, including a 6-week-old baby when she disappeared. A woman found Barnum's remains in a shallow grave while walking her dog along Windham Road in Glastonbury on Sept. 9.

Police began an investigation, but never called Garofalo a suspect. He was convicted in 2002 on a sexual assault charge. Police arrested Garofalo in August and charged him with a technical violation of special parole.

On Monday, East Hampton police charged Garofalo with murder, first degree strangulation and tampering with physical evidence in Barnum's death. He was arraigned in Middletown Superior Court and held on $1 million bond.

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