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85-Year Old D.C. Man Charged With Killing His 81-Year-Old Wife

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Did Not Want to Eat the Pancakes She Made and Stabbed Her in the Back.

            WASHINGTON – Steven Schwartz, 85, of Washington, D.C., was arrested earlier today on the charge of second-degree murder while armed in the stabbing death of his 81-year-old wife, Sharron Schwartz, on December 10, 2023, at their D.C. home, U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves announced. 

            Defendant Schwartz was arraigned today in D.C. Superior Court, via video appearance, where he entered a plea of not guilty. The Honorable Magistrate Judge Sherry Trafford found probable cause that the defendant committed the murder and held him without bond pending his preliminary hearing on January 2, 2024, at 9:30 a.m., before Judge Demeo in Courtroom 303.  

            In announcing the arrest, U.S. Attorney Graves commended the work of those investigating the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and Assistant United States Attorney Nebiyu Feleke for his efforts in prosecuting this case.  

            An arrest on a complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

Updated December 14, 2023

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 23-764