Woman killed at St. Roch home Thursday; neighbor reports hearing frequent 'physical fights' _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATT SLEDGE -- New Orleans police investigate a domestic homicide in St. Roch on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

Police were questioning a man after his live-in partner was killed in St. Roch on Thursday morning.

Neighbors said police were called to the 2000 block of Spain Street after 5 a.m., to the brick-fronted apartment of a man and woman who had lived there – and fought there – for several years.

The woman, who neighbors said was in her mid-30s, was found dead inside the house. Detectives on the scene said she suffered from undetermined trauma to her head.

As neighbors watched from down the street, coroner’s office employees carried the woman’s body out of the house in a bag several hours after the killing.

Authorities did not immediately release the name of the victim or of the man, who was being questioned at Police Headquarters on Thursday morning.

One next-door neighbor, who gave his name as Raymond, said the couple fought constantly, their disputes sometimes spilling into the street.

“He was a coward. Say his litle smug thing, then go about his business,” Raymond said. “She always kept her distance.”

Raymond said he had never seen the man hit the woman, but another neighbor, Pamela Mitchell, said she could hear their fights the next door over.

“Always physical fights. You could always hear furniture and glass breaking,” Mitchell said. “When they started drinking, that’s it.”

Sometimes the man would bait the woman outside then lock her out, Mitchell said. Police were called out frequently to intervene in the fights, she added.

“Oh trust me, they got some reports,” Mitchell said.