NORWALK, Conn. -- A Norwalk man was charged Tuesday with the murder of a 52-year-old Norwalk woman in June, according to police.
James Cunningham, 42, was charged with murder and second-degree larceny. His bond was set at $750,000.
On June 17, Norwalk police responded to an apartment on Arch Street for a medical call. When they arrived, officers found Marian Alexander, 52, deceased inside the residence and quickly determined her death to be suspicious, according to police. Her vehicle was also missing.
Police did not provide details about her cause of death or why it was deemed suspicious. According to the Hour, the death was ruled homicide by neck compression.
Norwalk detectives and the Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. On June 18, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death a homicide.
Police said that detectives, led by Detective Hudyma and Sgt. Calise quickly determined that Cunningham was a suspect in Alexander's death. According to police, Hudyma developed necessary probable cause to submit an arrest warrant for Cunnigham based on interviews, forensic evidence and the cooperation of the community.
On Nov. 2, an arrest warrant was issued for Cunningham, charging him with Alexander's murder. Cunningham, was was in jail on unrelated charges, was brought to the Norwalk Police Department Tuesday and charged. The Hour reported that Cunningham had been in prison since Aug. 31, when he was arrested on strangulation and other charges in connection with a domestic incident.
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