JAMAICA — The boyfriend of a 27-year-old woman found floating in the water off Idlewild Park Preserve Tuesday was arrested and charged with strangling her during a fight, officials said.
Kadie Ann Chambers, of St. Albans, was discovered floating in the water about 10:30 a.m. on March 19 near 253-2 Craft Ave. Emergency responders pronounced her dead at the scene.
Chambers and her boyfriend, 30-year-old Carlos Evelyn, who have a young son together, were having a fight at their Jamaica home Tuesday morning, the Queens DA's Office said.
When Chambers grabbed Evelyn's shirt, he allegedly grabbed her throat with one hand and used his other hand to punch her in the face three times.
He choked her for about 10 seconds before she fell to the floor unconscious, the Queens DA's Office added.
“The defendant is accused of strangling his [common law] wife during an argument that turned physical and deadly," said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown in a statement. "His alleged actions leave their young son without a mother and a father who faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison.”
Evelyn allegedly cleaned his wife's blood off their carpet and dumped his clothes and the body in the water.
Evelyn was charged with second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.
He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.