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Hearing postponed for man accused of killing wife with chair leg

September 20, 2011 |  9:23 am

Health issues prevented a 70-year-old Burbank resident, accused of killing his wife with a chair leg, from appearing in court Monday, officials said.

Joseph Brancato did not appear in L.A. County Superior Court after officials said unspecified health issues prevented him from being moved from jail for a preliminary hearing, the Burbank Leader reported.

The hearing was rescheduled to Wednesday.

Brancato appeared in court Aug. 17 to plead not guilty to murdering his 65-year-old wife, Marie Brancato.

He is accused of beating her to death with a chair leg on July 5 at their home in the 800 block of North Valley Street.

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-- Maria Hsin, Times Community News

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