NEW YORK — A barbarous bodybuilder has been charged with brutally beating his girlfriend and then throwing her to her death out a six-story window.
Shmuel Levine, 34, was indicted Monday in the murder of 37-year-old Danielle Marrano a week after cops found her dying on the sidewalk outside her apartment in Queens, prosecutors said.
Friends who knew the pair, described Levine as a steely-eyed sociopath who showed little emotion.
“He seemed like a sociopath,” Joe Falcone, a friend of the victim since childhood told the Daily News. “He was a weird and cold person with no personality that I could put a finger on.”
Prosecutors say the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Levine spiralled out of control on Oct. 26, putting Marrano in a chokehold and pulling her hair so hard that clumps came out in his hands. He slammed her into her apartment’s walls and then allegedly threw her out the window.
Investigators initially believed she jumped to her death in a suicide bid, but later determined she had been thrown. Prosecutors said the dental hygienist had four fatal skull fractures, at least two of which were caused by Levine’s beating.
Marranos’s neighbors said she and Levine, whom she had dated for about five years, had a volatile relationship.
“They were always screaming all day,” said neighbor Phyllis Reggio. “The neighbors told us they always heard them fighting, all the time.”
Levine claimed to cops that the fatal argument started when Marrano told him she had cheated on him, according to court records.