A retired Nassau County police officer allegedly killed his 65-year-old wife and then spent the weekend with her body in their upstate New York home before the discovery was made, authorities said.
Charles Wilkinson was charged with second-degree murder and was ordered held without bail at Saratoga County Jail following arraignment at Town of Malta Court.
The 69-year-old is accused of killing his wife, Kathleen, “during a physical domestic dispute” and then “continued to live in the house over the weekend while his wife lay deceased in the bedroom,” prosecutors said in a news release.
Deputies from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office made the discovery Sunday, when they were called to check the victim, who had not been heard from in several days, after first speaking with the suspect at the couple’s home on Meadow Rue Place in Malta.
An autopsy determined that the victim was strangled to death, authorities said.
Wilkinson, who retired in 1984, collected a pension of $33,002 last year, records show.