BOISE -- A 62-year-old Boise man accused of strangling his wife to death will remain in jail without bond.
Bruce Macomb was arraigned Monday afternoon on a charge of first-degree murder.
Prosecutors say early on the morning of Feb. 21 in the couple's Boise home, Bruce Macomb held his wife Beba to the ground, straddled her and strangled her until she lost consciousness. According to police, Bruce admitted he did not seek medical help for Beba and she died. He then attempted suicide by cutting his neck and wrists, but failed to take his own life.
The Ada County coroner listed the 58-year-old Beba's cause of death as a homicide.
Her body was found around 4 p.m. that same day after officers were called to the home for a welfare check. The coroner put her time of death at 5 a.m.
Magistrate Judge Cathleen MacGregor Irby told Macomb that first-degree murder is considered a crime of premeditation, and if convicted he could face the death penalty or life in prison. She said given the state's case, no bond is appropriate in this case.
The judge did assign Macomb a public defender. He is due back in court on March 11 for a preliminary hearing. Macomb attended his video arraignment Monday in a wheelchair.