- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island man was arraigned Saturday on charges he strangled his 71-year-old uncle and buried his body in the woods.

Jonathan Roman, 42, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of John Frankowski, of New Hyde Park.

He was ordered held without bail and is due back in court Tuesday.

Frankowski was last seen alive Feb. 27, according to his son, John Frankowski Jr.

The son lives in Florida but said he spoke with his father every day and became alarmed when his father didn’t answer the phone.

Roman was arrested Friday after detectives found Frankowski’s body buried in a wooded area behind Roman’s home in Coram.

Roman wore a white prison jumpsuit in court. He told the judge he hasn’t worked since 2012 and is on public assistance.

The victim’s son said after the court appearance that his father was the greatest man he had ever known.

“He was supposed to be the best man at my wedding in three weeks, and now I cannot have a wedding because he is gone,” the son said tearfully.

Frankowski Jr. told reporters a dispute had been brewing over his 91-year-old grandmother’s estate.

Roman’s attorney had no comment.


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