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DA: Guilty plea in 2019 Schenectady strangulation murder of city woman

DA: Guilty plea in 2019 Schenectady strangulation murder of city woman

DA: Guilty plea in 2019 Schenectady strangulation murder of city woman
Budhnarain Kadar
Photographer: Schenectady County District Attorney (Inset); Shutterstock (Background)

SCHENECTADY - A city man pleaded guilty Tuesday to the strangulation murder of his intimate partner, Schenectady County District Attorney's officials said.

Budhnarain Kadar, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder in the Sept. 18, 2019 death of Marian Singh at the 856 Maplewood Ave. apartment that they shared.

He is to receive 19 years to life in state prison at his November sentencing. Kadar accepted the plea deal directly from Judge Kathleen Hogan.

Kadar, also known as Danny Kadar, admitted to killing Singh at the residence. Singh, 35, was also known as Marian Loftis.

Kadar then hid hid blood-soaked clothes in a bedroom closet inside the apartment and then fled the city in his truck, prosecutors said.

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Police soon tracked his movements to Pennsylvania using cell phone location technology and EZ-Pass records, prosecutors said.

The day after the killing, Kadar spoke with others in a series of phone calls and made admissions to the murder, prosecutors said. Schenectady Police detectives recorded the phone calls, prosecutors said.

Schenectady Police and members of other departments ultimately took Kadar into custody Sept. 20, 2019, two days after the murder.

Singh's death at the hands of Kadar came more than two years after a domestic incident where Singh told police Kadar had threatened her life, records previously showed.

"Domestic violence remains a leading cause of homicide and I encourage anyone who is in an abusive relationship to reach out with any questions to the Families in Violence Program at the YWCA," Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said in a statement. "They have experienced counselors who can be very helpful."

Kadar was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Christina Tremante and John J. Carson. Kadar was represented by attorney Brian Mercy.

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