Angelika Graswald Due In Court
The Poughkeepsie woman who is accused of killing her fiance during a kayaking trip on the Hudson River is due in court Thursday.
Police say, Angelika Graswald admitted to tampering with Vincent Viafore’s kayak during their April 19th trip to Bannermans Island. The 35-year-old plead not guilty to second-degree manslaughter and second-degree murder.
Orange County District Attorney's Office alleged that Graswald took out the plug in Viafore’s kayak, allowing it to fill up with water. She also allegedly moved the 46-year-old Poughkeepsie man’s paddle away from him as he was drowning in 46-degree Hudson River. Officials believe Graswald’s motive was that she would receive a quarter of a million dollars as the main recipient in Viafore’s life insurance policies.
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports, Graswald is scheduled to appear in Orange County Court Thursday for a status conference. A status conference is a pre-trial hearing that helps the judge establish a time-line for finishing up all pre-trial activities. A tentative trial date may also be set Thursday.
Graswald says he didn't kill Viafore. She’s currently in Orange County Jail on $3 million bail or $9 million bond.