A Hudson Valley woman is accused of torturing her "intimate partner" for months before killing her.

On Monday, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced that a Westchester County woman was indicted for murder and for inflicting torture.

Westchester County, New York Woman Indicted For Murder, Torture


Kenya Tilford, 41, of New Rochelle was charged with an 18-count indictment by a Westchester County Grand Jury on the following charges: Murder in the First Degree, Murder in the Second Degree, Strangulation in the First Degree, Concealment of a Human Corpse, Tampering with Physical Evidence, two counts of Intimidating a Victim or a Witness in the Third Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, three counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, Kidnapping in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, Strangulation in the Second Degree, and Coercion in the First Degree, all felonies; and Assault in the Third Degree and Menacing in the Second Degree, both misdemeanors.

"In a first for this Office, we are charging the defendant for not only murder, but also for allegedly acting in an especially cruel manner and inflicting torture upon Ms. Morton before her death," DA Rocah stated.

New Rochelle Woman Accused Of Torturing Woman For Months Before Murder

Tilford is accused of inflicting torture upon 27-year-old Concetta Morton, "an intimate partner," for three months.

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Police say Tilford caused Morton's "death by asphyxiation" and concealed the body inside a storage bin at her Franklin Avenue apartment.


"During this period, the defendant was captured on surveillance video purchasing a hooded coverall, bleach, tarps, paper towels, rubber gloves, a chainsaw and the storage bin in which the victim’s body was found," the Westchester DA's office stated in a press release.

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The New Rochelle Police Department arrested Tilford last September at an Elmsford hotel after Tarrytown police received a tip about the victim’s deceased body.

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Tilford remains remanded to Westchester County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court on July 16.

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