Burbank Police Arrest Husband After Wife Is Found Dead In Valley St. Home

(above)Coroner officials remove the body of 65 year-old Marie Brancato at 815 N. Valley St. Tuesday. (below) Burbank Police Sergeant of Detectives Tony DeSantis and Officer Steve Buteyn investigate the area surrounding the murder (Photos By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police were called shortly after 2 am on Tuesday morning, July 5, to 815 N. Valley Street to assist the Burbank Fire Department with a possible medical emergency.  Burbank Fire personnel pronounced 65 year-old Marie Brancato dead at the scene.
During the initial investigation, officers observed that the female victim had been bleeding profusely from what appeared to be a traumatic injury to the back of her head. Further investigation led to the arrest of the victim’s husband, identified as seventy-year-old Burbank resident Joseph Robert Brancato.

Brancato was booked for 187(a) P.C. and he is currently being held at the Glendale Jail in lieu of $ 1,000,000 bail.

The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.

This is the first homicide in Burbank since April of 2009.

Burbank police begin their investigation shortly after 2 am after being called to 815 N. Valley by Paramedics who reported suspicious circumstances upon their arrival. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)
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