SLO woman dies after being choked by neighbor, police say

newsroom@thetribunenews.comOctober 5, 2012 

Edmund Nungaray, 59, of San Luis Obispo was arrested Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, on suspicion of attempted murder. Original story »

A woman who was allegedly choked by her neighbor in a San Luis Obispo apartment complex has died.

Deirdre Crowley, 46, of San Luis Obispo died Friday soon after being taken off medical support, San Luis Obispo police said in a news release.

Edmund Leo Nungaray, 59, was arrested Sept. 30 on suspicion of attempted murder. Because of Crowley's death, the Police Department is consulting with the District Attorney's Office on whether to charge Nungaray with murder.

In a police interview, Nungaray admitted choking his next-door neighbor during an altercation just after midnight on the morning of Sept. 30 in Crowley’s apartment.

The Police Department initially responded to a report of a female screaming in the apartment complex at 3350 Bullock Lane, where they found Nungaray near the open door of Crowley’s apartment. Officers then found Crowley inside the apartment not breathing and without a pulse. With immediate CPR, officers and paramedics were able to re-establish a pulse and take her to a local hospital.

Nungaray was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and booked into County Jail, with bail set at $500,000.

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