Portland man charged with murder in death of partner

Portland police announced the arrest of Anthony Leng on a murder charge in the death of Sokha Khuon.

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Police have arrested the domestic partner of a Portland woman whose body was found Sunday night.

During a Saturday morning press conference, police said Anthony Leng, 40, has been arrested for murder in the death of Sokha Khuon.

Police had not shared much about the suspicious death since the body of the 46-year-old woman was found at 46 Dorothy Street last Sunday.

"We've been working all week collecting and analyzing evidence and interviewing witness. We continue to do that. But at this point we do have enough evidence that we're comfortable and confident in arresting Mr. Leng for her death," says Portland Police Assistant Chief Vern Malloch.

Officers responded to the home after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots. Their two children, ages 10 and 15, were outside the home and unharmed.

The children are being cared for by relatives, according to police.

The state medical examiner's autopsy indicated Khuon died from multiple gunshots wounds.

Police said Leng came to the station and turned himself in Saturday morning.

Police are not releasing many details about the pair's domestic past, but are urging anyone experiencing domestic violence to contact police or family crisis services.

"Sometime I think people are confused that family crisis can only help when someone has been arrested. That's not that case at all. It's one phone call away and the planning and things that they offer, we know that they save lives," says Assistant Chief Malloch.

The investigation into the homicide is ongoing. Leng is expected in court on Tuesday. Anyone with information is asked to contact Portland police at 874-8575.

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