Man Charged With Murdering Woman in New London

A New London man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his common-law wife after the woman was found dead in their home on Wednesday afternoon.

Officers found Delma Murphy, 46, dead in a bedroom on the second floor in the couple's home in the 50 block of Cole Street in New London at 12:02 p.m. on Wednesday.

They had gone to the home to check on Murphy after her friend called the department earlier in the day and said she hadn't heard from the victim since Monday.

Police said they also found a weapon near Murphy's body and "there were evident signs of trauma." Her death has been deemed a homicide and police haven't divulged any details on the murder weapon.

New London police have arrested David J. McKeever, 47, who was at the home when officers arrived, and charged him with murder, according to police.

Police originally took McKeever into custody on the charge of interfering with the police investigation and were holding him on a $250,000 bond and were also considering him a prime suspect in the woman's death, New London Deputy Chief Peter Reichard said.

Later in the evening, police arrested him on a murder charge. McKeever was also charged with disorderly conduct.

A neighbor told NBC Connecticut that Murphy kept to herself.

Police ask anyone with information to call New London police at 860-447-5269 or send a tip through the police department's anonymous Tip411 system.

The state's attorney's office and Connecticut State Police Major Crime Unit are assisting with the investigation and helping collect evidence.

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