Murder charges in death of Queens woman in WA

August 13, 2010 3:04:50 AM PDT
A man accused of killing a Queens woman who recently moved to Washington state has officially been charged with murder.

Prosecutors say 26-year-old Bernard Howell slashed the throat of 60-year-old Vanda Boone.

Boone had just moved to the area from Long Island City.

Police found her body wrapped in plastic in the front seat of Howell's truck this weekend.

Howell told police at that time he was burying the woman for her family in order to save them $5,000.