Nevada man arrested for wife's "vacuum cleaner murder"

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Authorities say a vacuum cleaner was used as a murder weapon by a North Las Vegas man who killed his wife in August 2012.
(CBS/AP) NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Anthony Tyron Mayo was arrested Tuesday in California on charges that he fatally beat his wife with a vacuum cleaner in North Las Vegas last summer.

Authorities say Mayo was arrested without incident in Mojave, Calif., after a collaborative effort between Southern California and Nevada law enforcement agencies and the FBI.

Mayo faces murder, coercion and domestic battery charges in the attack on 40-year-old Beverly McFarlane, who later died of her injuries.

Police who responded to a North Las Vegas home Aug. 10, 2012 say McFarlane said that two days earlier her husband had strangled her before hitting her on the head with a vacuum cleaner.

McFarlane was taken to a University Medical Center and treated for a brain injury, but died two weeks later.

Mayo is in Los Angeles awaiting extradition.

  • Crimesider Staff


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