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.