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Man accused of murdering girlfriend has history of mental illness

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Delma Murphy  (Submitted photo) Delma Murphy (Submitted photo)
David McKeever was charged with murder. (WFSB/New London police) David McKeever was charged with murder. (WFSB/New London police)
NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

A man accused of killing his "common law wife" faced a judge on Thursday.

David McKeever, 47, was charged with murdering 46-year-old Delma Murphy.

Police believe Murphy had been dead in the home on Cole Street for at most a couple of days. A weapon was found near her body.

They arrested McKeever on Wednesday after receiving a report from a friend who hadn't heard from Murphy. She didn't show up for work on Saturday either.

The friend allegedly stopped by the house and McKeever told her that she was sick.

According to court records, McKeever allegedly told the friend that Murphy was not breathing and he reportedly said "I think I killed her."

That's when the friend ran upstairs and found Murphy.

Investigators said they had been to the house several times for domestic incidents. They did not specify if McKeever is considered the victim's "common law husband." Those who know the suspect and victim referred to them that way.

Murphy's family and friends are now mourning her loss, and miss everything about her.

"Her laugh, her hugs..her jokes..she was a good person, a really good person," said Christy Henderson, who worked with Murphy.

"As a manager she always took care of the people that worked for her. She was a very kind person. Certainly didn't deserve what happened," said Tracy Gunderman, who was a friend of Murphy.

On Thursday, Eyewitness News learned that McKeever is legally blind and partially deaf and is unable to work and is on 100 percent disability because of his medical conditions, including a history of mental illness.

Police said McKeever has no criminal history, but does have some civil cases pending that include a divorce with another woman and credit collection issues.

McKeever appeared in court on Thursday and pleaded the fifth amendment right not to incriminate himself. He is being held on a $1.25 million bond and was ordered a health evaluation. 

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