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Owego man accused of killing his mother, remaining in the home as police arrive to investigate

An Owego man has been accused of killing his mother earlier this week, according to police.

The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Day Hollow Rd. in Owego just before 3:30 p.m. on January 3rd for a welfare check of 78-year-old Phyllis Kvassay.


Upon arriving at the scene, deputies found Kvassay dead and signs of a disturbance in the home. Her son, James Kvassay, 33, was also located in the home and arrested, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with second-degree murder after a preliminary investigation.

James Kvassay appeared in Tioga County CAP Court and was taken to the Tioga County Jail without bail. The Sheriff’s Office also said that Kvassay was arrested on December 30, 2022 in the Town of Owego for allegedly violating a protection order. The arrest report did not confirm whether this arrest was connected to the murder.

The investigation into the death is ongoing and was aided by the New York State Police, Campville EMS, the Tioga County DA’s Office, and the Coroner’s Office. No further information about the case has been released at this time.



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