Richard Keppler, 27, and Francesca Kiel, 21, face charges of second degree murder.

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Long Island woman, boyfriend charged with murder in mother’s death

November 12, 2018 - 10:20 am

LYNBROOK, NY (1010 WINS) -- A former city correction officer who was charged with attempted murder in an attack on his girlfriend's mother, is now charged with murder.

Theresa Kiel died over the weekend, two years after she was attacked at her home in Long Beach. Prosecutors say she was hit in the head and face with a metal barbell and left in a vegetative state.

The attack was allegedly the result of a business dispute.

Arrested along with 27-year-old Ralph Keppler, was his girlfriend, the victim's daughter Francesca Kiel. She's 21 and was also charged with murder.

Keppler's attorney Marc Gann insists that his client is innocent.

“There were quite a number of people who had motives to attack Theresa Kiel and it’s our belief that one of those people is responsible for what happened to her, not Ralph Keppler,” he said.

Theresa Kiel was 56.