Peggy Nadell’s Killer Arraigned

The woman partly responsible for planning 80-year old Valley Cottage resident Peggy Nadell’s death was arraigned in court on Monday night. 25-year old Andrea Benson of Washington DC was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree conspiracy in the January 25 murder of the elderly resident, along with the woman’s daughter-in-law Diana Nadell of Florida. Diana Nadell’s husband was set to receive half of his mother’s estate along with his sister, Suzanne Nadell-Scaccio, who found her mother’s body hours after the murder. Police have not charged either of Nadell’s children. Benson is the third woman arraigned in the group of four that were involved, joining 24-year old Elita Grant of California and 26-year old Tanisha Joyner of Washington DC in Rockland County Jail. They were both charged with second-degree conspiracy for creating alibis and helping plan the murder while Benson and Diana Nadell drove to Peggy Nadell’s home from Washington DC, where they beat and stabbed the woman. The two are expected to receive 8 to 25 years in prison. Benson’s murder charge means she could receive a sentence of 15 to 25 years to life in prison. Diana Nadell will be brought back to Rockland to face charges today or Wednesday.

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