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Grand jury indicts Malta man in wife’s strangling death

Grand jury indicts Malta man in wife’s strangling death

Charles Wilkinson was indicted Thursday on the charge of second-degree murder for allegedly strangli
Grand jury indicts Malta man in wife’s strangling death
Charles Wilkinson

Charles Wilkinson was indicted Thursday on the charge of second-degree murder for allegedly strangling his wife of 46 years in late May.

The 68-year-old former Nassau County police officer, who has remained in jail since his arrest June 2, was indicted on the charge by a Saratoga County grand jury. He is due to be arraigned in Saratoga County Court at 9:15 a.m. today.

“At arraignment in court tomorrow, we will ask the judge for the defendant to be continued on ‘no bail,’ as he remains a flight risk and is facing 25 years to life if convicted,” Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said Thursday.

Wiilkinson most recently appeared in Malta Town Court in June when Judge James Fauci determined there was enough evidence against him to warrant keeping him behind bars until his case could be reviewed.

Wilkinson is accused of throttling his wife at their Meadow Rue Place home on May 30. A sheriff's deputy discovered the body of Kathleen Wilkinson, 65, at the home after a family member living out of state asked authorities to check on her welfare.

Wilkinson remained in the home with the body of his wife for roughly 36 hours before the deputy arrived. He greeted the deputy at the door and reluctantly allowed him into the residence.

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