Charles Wilkinson waived a reading of his second-degree murder indictment Friday and assertively pleaded not guilty in Saratoga County Court.
Dressed in green prison garb, the 68-year-old former Nassau County police officer appeared next to county public defender Oscar Schreiber during his arraignment. Wilkinson is accused of strangling his wife to death in their Malta home on May 30.
After a hearing that lasted less then two minutes, he was led out of the courtroom in shackles, ordered held without bail by Judge Jerry Scarano.
Afterward, Schreiber said little about the case. He said he hasn’t received paperwork in the case, outside of the police report and statements made by sheriff’s Inv. Rick Capasso, who testified at a preliminary hearing last month that Wilkinson gave a written statement to authorities after being read his Miranda warnings.
“We’ll get it, we’ll review it,” Schreiber said outside of the courtroom. “We’ll review the forensics, we’ll review the autopsy and we’ll see what happens.”
Wilkinson, who worked as a security guard at nearby GlobalFoundries, is accused of throttling 65-year-old Kathleen Wilkinson — his wife of 46 years — at their Meadow Rue Place home. Family members concerned about her well-being asked sheriff’s deputies to check on the woman.
Wilkinson reluctantly allowed a deputy in the home on June 2. The body of his wife was then discovered in their first-floor bedroom. Authorities estimated Wilkinson remained in the home with the body of his wife for roughly 36 hours before the deputy arrived.
Prosecutors and Wilkinson’s defense attorney will have 30 days to file discovery and 45 days to make pre-trial motions. Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III has insisted Wilkinson remain incarcerated because he is facing 25 years to life in prison and remains a flight risk.