A woman living in Albany was arrested early this morning in connection to the death of a man found in his Kensington home late Monday morning, Kensington police said. James Edward Durkin Jr. was found dead inside his home in the 600 block of Coventry Road after police were sent to his home for a welfare check at 11:47 a.m., police said. He was pronounced dead at 11:55 a.m.
Police determined Durkin had died under suspicious circumstances and identified Diane Wyn Sydenham, 56, as a suspect. She was arrested at a home in the 700 block of Kains Avenue in Albany this morning at 12:56 a.m., police said. She is being held on $1 million bail at the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of murder, police said.
A neighbor who lives about six houses down from Durkin’s said he saw several police cars parked on the block around 11 a.m. Monday. “The neighbors are shocked,” Bob Bekes, 69, said. Bekes, who has lived on Coventry Road for 26 years, said he didn’t personally know Durkin but he often saw an older man driving from the home in the morning. “I don’t know what to make of it,” he said. “Usually nothing goes on here.” Bekes, a Santa Clara University professor who lives with his wife, said he didn’t know someone had been killed up the block until early this morning when a neighbor called with the news. “I’m going to lock the doors tonight,” Bekes said.
Kensington is a small Contra Costa County community nestled near the Berkeley Hills at the Alameda County border with about 5,000 residents.
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