Hempstead - (WALK) A Coram man was enraged about slow process of a potential inheritance when he strangled his uncle to death last week, according to prosecutors in Nassau County.
Jonathan Roman (photo), 42, of Grove Avenue, Coram, was arrested Friday and charged wtih second degree murder. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment at First District Court in Hempstead Saturday and was ordered to be held without bail.
Roman's uncle, John Frankowski, 71, of New Hyde Park, was last seen alive on February 27. Investigators say Roman and Frankowski had an escalating argument about money from a relatives' estate, leading to Frankowski's death. Police say Frankowski was strangled to death.
Nassau County homicide detectives, with help from a Suffolk police K-9 team, located Frankowski's body buried in a wooded area near Roman's home on Grove Avenue Friday.
Frankowski, an accountant, was executor of his mother's estate. She died in June at 91., and Roman was angry about what he regarded as slow progress in settling matters and distributing her legacy, according to family members.
Roman's next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.