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Alleged wife killer, 90, faces judge after warrant

John H. Bunz, the 90-year-old Amherst man accused of killing his wife, showed up briefly Thursday in Town Court after initially refusing to leave the Erie County Holding Center.

Bunz had black eyes and other bruises as he slowly approached the bench with a walker, wearing orange pants and a matching jail-issued jacket.

He made no remarks as his lawyer waived his rights to a felony hearing, allowing his case to be transferred to a grand jury for further investigation.

Bunz stands accused of second-degree murder in the death of his 89-year-old wife, Virginia. Her body was found in the Bunzes' apartment by a family member who called the police Sunday morning from the Amberleigh Retirement Community on Maple Road.

John Bunz was also found wounded from an apparent suicide attempt.

Town Justice Geoffrey K. Klein issued a bench warrant for Bunz at about 2 p.m. Thursday after Bunz refused to leave jail to attend his scheduled court hearing. He appeared before the judge an hour later.

Klein arraigned Bunz late Sunday night after the elderly man was treated for self-inflicted wounds in Erie County Medical Center. Amherst police have not stated the nature of Bunz's wounds or his wife's cause of death.

The couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in April 2007 with a party at the Country Club of Buffalo, according to a notice in The Buffalo News. They sold their Parkhurst Boulevard home in the Town of Tonawanda in December 2004, according to real estate records.

The executive director at Amberleigh said the Bunzes had no history of domestic discord.

e-mail: stan@buffnews.com

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