UPDATE: Prosecutors today said a Midland Park man accused of killing his former girlfriend last month after breaking into her parents’ Waldwick home as their 8-month-old son lay in a bassinet nearby raped her two different ways.
Presiding Superior Court Judge Liliana DeAvila-Silebi ordered that Mark Spatucci remain held on $2 million bail in the brutal killing of Mary Greff.
Prosecutors said Spatucci, 22, climbed into her parents’ home on Oct. 23 through a second-floor window while they were sleeping, got into an argument with her and either strangled or suffocated her before leaving the way he came in.
Leon and Carol Ann Greff called authorities after they found the body of their daughter, who turned 23 two days earlier.
A graduate of Midland Park High School, Spatucci became an immediate suspect. He was found in Midland Park, taken in for questioning and later charged.
Authorities said he washed the clothes he was wearing at the time of the killing and deleted text messages between him and the victim.
Semen samples recovered from two bodily cavities returned positive results against Spatucci, authorities said.
The 5-foot-8 inch, 150-pound Spatucci remained held in the Bergen County Jail.
The additional rape charges today bring the total counts to:
- murder and felony murder
- aggravated sexual assault (2 counts)
- hindering apprehension (2 counts)
- child endangerment
The felony murder charge stems from Spatucci allegedly sneaking into the home through the window, which under the law is a burglary. A killing committed during the commission of another felony gives rise to the additional count.
The pair began dating about two years ago, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said.
In February, their eight-month-old boy – named Mark, like his father and paternal grandfather – was born.
The two lived together for a time at Spatucci’s Harrison Avenue apartment in Waldwick, but then Greff returned to live with her parents and the baby, the prosecutor said.
Greff had full custody, although Spatucci had visitation rights, he added.
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STORY / PHOTO: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter
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