Needham Murder Suspect Allegedly Stabbed, Robbed Elderly Neighbor

NEEDHAM (CBS) – A woman suspected of killing an elderly Needham resident was ordered held without bail Friday nearly one month after the woman’s body was discovered inside her home.

Laura Shifrina’s body was found by her daughter.

When police arrived, they reported that Shirina had been stabbed in the neck in her Linden Street apartment on May 31.

Shifrina also suffered several broken ribs.

Tammie Patrice Galloway was arraigned in Dedham District Court Friday morning, one day after being charged with Shifrina’s murder.

The prosecution said Galloway stole Shifrina’s phone, jewelry and car after killing her.

Shifrina and Galloway were neighbors.

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Tammie Patrice Galloway is brought into Dedham District Court on June 30 for her murder arraignment. (WBZ-TV)

Following Shifrina’s murder, her stolen car was recovered with a Boston parking ticket on the window.

Golloway was allegedly caught on video bleaching Shifrina’s car before abandoning it in Dorchester.

DNA was also found on a purse that matched Shifrina’s blood.

A judge ordered Galloway be held without bail following her arraignment.

She was arrested on Thursday, but her identity was not released until she appeared in court a day later.

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Laura Shifrina. (Courtesy photo)

Police say Shifrina’s sister found her body after growing concerned when she did not show up for a social event.

Galloway neighbor Bradley Walker thought one of Galloway’s requests was unusual.

“She had come over to borrow some tools at 11:30 at night–hammer, screwdriver. I thought that was a little odd,” Walker said.

Friends were stunned when they learned of Shifrina’s death last month.

“Her beautiful smile is impossible to forget. Such a good friend,” Aleksandr Yufa, a friend of Shifrina told WBZ-TV.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kendall Buhl reports

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