ARLINGTON, Va. -- A man was charged with murder after he allegedly strangled his wife, the niece of US Representative Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat.
Susan Lewis, 41, was found Monday unconscious and with a neck wound at her home in Arlington, police said. She died later at a hospital.
Her husband, James W. Powell Jr., was treated for self-inflicted stab wounds and taken into custody at the hospital, a police spokesman told the
Lewis was the daughter of former White House communications director Ann Lewis, who is Frank's sister.
The couple has a young son, who was with a baby sitter at the time of the slaying. The child is now with relatives.
Frank canceled scheduled appearances Tuesday and yesterday.
At a fund-raiser last night in New York, Senator John F. Kerry held a moment of silence for Lewis.