FAIRFIELD – Nothing precipitated the attack, Tina Lunney told investigators. She was in the living room of her Fairfield home, she said, applying lotion to a rash on her mother’s neck when she grabbed her husband’s necktie from an end table and strangled the 81-year-old woman.
“I just picked it up,” Lunney says in the videotaped confession played for jurors yesterday during her murder trial in Newark. “She was like, gasping, or whatever, on her knees.”
“What were you thinking as you were doing that?” Detective Robert Pracher of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office asks.
“I can’t believe I’m doing this. What am I doing?” Lunney replies.
“Why not stop?” Pracher asks.
“I don’t know. I should have,” Lunney answers.