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Man accused of killing wife, living with body, appears in court

Posted: Updated: Jun 18, 2014 11:53 AM
Charles Wilkinson Charles Wilkinson
MALTA, N.Y. - The Malta man accused of strangling his wife and living with her body for two days is in court on Wednesday.

Charles Wilkinson, 68, is facing a second degree murder charge in the death of his wife Kathleen, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.

Wilkinson went to Malta Town Court on Wednesday morning for a preliminary hearing. The judge has moved the case to Saratoga County Court, where prosecutors will present the case to a Grand Jury.  

During the hearing, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Investigator, who took down the written statement from Wilkinson when he was originally being questioned, testified.

The investigator told the judge Wilkinson admitted to strangling his wife and that they were going through a mortgage foreclosure. The husband stated that the foreclosure created a lot of tension between him and his wife.

Kathleen Wilkinson, who was 65-years-old, was found in the couple's home on Meadow Rue Drive on June 2. The Wilkinson’s son had called police for a welfare check. 

Wilkinson allegedly killed his wife during a physical domestic dispute. Her cause of death was asphyxiation by strangulation. The man continued to live in the home while his wife was deceased in the bedroom for two days, according to authorities.

Wilkinson's attorney, who raised a number of questions about how investigators went about taking down his client's statement, stated that there will be some legal issues his team will have to look into. 

"I believe there are some defenses to this matter both scientific and technical and those will come out before the trial if not during the trial,” said defense attorney Oscar Schreiber.

Wilkinson is a former Nassau County Police Officer. Since his retirement, he worked part-time, most recently doing security for Global Foundries. His wife was retired.

The Malta man had no comment as he was walked into court on Wednesday. He remains in Saratoga County Jail with no bail.

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