Woman thought to have jumped to her death was ‘murdered by boyfriend after row’

A man has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend after it was thought she had jumped from her sixth floor apartment.

Shmuel Levine, 34, allegedly beat Danielle Marrano, 37, to death before her body was discovered by US police last Monday.

The Queens County District Attorney's Office announced a grand jury had decided to indict him on murder charges a week later.

A criminal complaint obtained by PEOPLE said the pair rowed inside her apartment at the Ocean Promenade in Rockaway Park at around 2.30pm.

Levine then allegedly put Marrano into a headlock after becoming enraged when she admitted cheating on him but wouldn't show him her phone.

Marrano — who was thought to have jumped to her death — was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Investigators say that they discovered some of Marrano's hair on the floor in her apartment, as well as a dent in one of her walls. The criminal complaint alleges he then admitted to the killing while in custody.

He reportedly said: "We got into an argument about her cheating on me.

"I told her I couldn’t take it anymore. She admitted to cheating on me and so then I said, 'Can I see your phone?'

"She wouldn't give me the phone and so I forcefully tried to get the phone from her and she fought back. I put me hands around her because I just wanted to get the phone. I was wrestling with her for the phone. I grabbed her to try and get the phone and she was kicking me."

Levine continued. "It was not my intention to put her in a chokehold, it was to get the phone. I grabbed the back of her hair because I was desperate to get the phone."

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The Medical Examiner said that Marrano suffered from at least four fractures to her skull and that two of the fractures were "inconsistent with injuries sustained in a fall."

All four fractures were fatal and contributed to her death.

District Attorney Katz said in a statement: "This woman’s last moments of life were brutal. The defendant allegedly resorted to vicious, physical violence to resolve a quarrel. The defendant has been charged accordingly and is in custody."

Levine is being held without bail and is expected to be arraigned next week on the single-count indictment charging him with murder in the second degree. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years-to-life in prison.

Marrano's family held a funeral for her on Monday and memorialised her with a tribute video shared on the funeral home's website.

Marrano’s mother, Karen Marrano, told the Daily News: “My daughter was a beautiful bright shining star.

“She loved her family and her friends and her brother very much. She loved to dance and travel.”

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