NYC: Woman found decomposing in Bronx apartment suffered broken neck as she was beaten to death, authorities determine

A woman whose decomposing remains were found inside the Bronx apartment she shared with her killer and another of the suspect’s love interests suffered a broken neck as she was beaten to death, authorities have determined.

New information on 22-year-old Dominique Ben-David’s death surfaced as her boyfriend, Anthony Portis, was arraigned for her murder late Monday.

Bronx prosecutors charged Portis, 30, with murder, manslaughter and weapon possession for allegedly killing Ben-David inside their home on E. 187th St. near Belmont Ave. in Belmont. A Bronx Criminal Court judge ordered Portis held without bail.

Ben-David’s badly decomposed remains were found on the bedroom floor of the apartment on April 11.

She may have been killed as early as March 1, court records reveal. Portis claimed Ben-David “was sleeping” after somebody saw her unresponsive on the floor, court papers charge.

Two knives, a knife handle as well as a pair of blue jeans and a blanket covered in blood were found near Ben-David’s body, prosecutors said.

Police believe Portis broke Ben-David’s neck as he beat her to death. Since the body was so badly decomposed, cops were unable to determine if he also stabbed the young woman with the knives found near the body, sources said.


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