Alleged grandma killer held without bail

Clarence Newcomb, 25, of Kings Park, faces a charge of first-degree murder for allegedly killing his grandmother. (1/6/13)

CENTRAL ISLIP - The Kings Park man accused of killing his grandmother during a dispute over which television show to watch was arraigned in court today.

Clarence Newcomb, 25, was formally charged with first-degree murder and was remanded without bail. He missed his scheduled arraignment yesterday, and he was escorted into the courthouse in Central Islip today wearing a hospital gown.

Newcomb is accused of choking his grandmother, putting her to the ground and holding her there until she stopped breathing early in the morning Friday. Relatives and family friends who were in court today for the hearing gasped to hear the details of the alleged murder.

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A neighbor has said that Newcomb has bipolar disorder and had recently changed medications. In court today, prosecutors confirmed that Newcomb had a history of psychiatric issues.

News 12 Long Island spoke to J. Stewart Moore, a career mentor to Newcomb. He says the young man was well-liked and had lived with his grandmother for 20 years. He said he doesn't believe Newcomb would have ever intentionally harmed the 82-year-old woman.

A judge ordered Newcomb to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. He is due back in court on Jan. 11.

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