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Man pleads not guilty to 1st-degree murder in wife’s death

March 28, 2019

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has pleaded not guilty to a new first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife.

The Caledonian Record reports a judge found probable cause for the new charge brought against 59-year-old Randall Swartz in the death of his wife, Thea Swartz.

Swartz, who pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Orleans Superior Court, is being held in prison without bail. He had pleaded not guilty to earlier charges.

Police say Swartz shot his wife at their home in May while she called 911 for help. An autopsy showed she died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Swartz faces additional charges of mail fraud. Investigators say he defrauded Agri-Mark, his former employer, by buying parts with company funds and using them to build machines for his personal use.


Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com