Suliana Tonga is accused of killing Jennifer L. McGinty by hitting the 54 year old eight to 10 times in the head with a nearly full gallon bottle of vodka.
What did McGinty do to allegedly set off the 31-year-old Tonga? McGinty urinated and defecated on Tonga's couch, a witness told Independence police.
When Tonga asked McGinty if she was going to buy her a new couch,
McGinty supposedly said no, the witness said. That's when Tonga allegedly started swinging
A witness said that after the
assault, Tonga asked again, and McGinty said yes.
The witness said the assault happened in the early morning hours of
April 16. However, police weren't called to the apartment at 13851 East
35th Street Court until 4:26 p.m. on April 21.
By then, McGinty's body was stiff and cold. She had a black eye and
bruised chin and forehead. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
A witness told police that McGinty hadn't had anything to eat or drink
for days. He claimed that he tried to get Tonga to call for help,
but she wouldn't do it.
Other witnesses told police that Tonga admitted striking McGinty with
the vodka bottle.
"I beat that bitch," Tonga allegedly told one witness.
Another witness claimed Tonga said she "beat the shit" out of McGinty
with the bottle.
A witness claimed Tonga said that McGinty had been at the apartment for a
weeks and was supposed to be leaving soon -- maybe going to Virginia.
The witness said Tonga uses people and was using McGinty for her car
A witness told police that Tonga, her husband and another person had
put McGinty in a bathtub after she "pissed and shit herself."
A medical examiner's report said McGinty died from "blunt force injuries
of the head."
Tonga is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
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