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Man Charged In Death Of First Wife, Held For Trial In Death Of Second

November 30, 1994

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A man already facing prosecution in the death of his second wife was charged Tuesday with killing his first wife in North Carolina four years ago.

One woman was found dead in a bathtub, the other in a hot tub.

About 20 relatives of the two women applauded in a Pittsburgh courtroom when prosecutor Christopher Conrad announced after a hearing that Timothy Boczkowski had been charged in the 1990 death of Mary Elaine Boczkowski in Greensboro, N.C.

Moments earlier, Deputy Coroner Arthur Gilkes had ruled that Pittsburgh authorities had enough evidence to try Boczkowski in the Nov. 6 killing of his second wife, Maryann Boczkowski.

Boczkowski, 39, a denture maker, pleaded innocent to Maryann Boczkowski’s death in suburban Ross Township.

Boczkowski had told Greensboro police he heard a ″thump″ and later found Mary Elaine Boczkowski lying in a bathtub on Nov. 4, 1990. Her cause of death was not immediately determined.

Greensboro Police Lt. Jim Hightower confirmed that Boczkowski had been charged but could not provide other information about the case. A telephone call to Dr. James Butts, chief medical examiner in North Carolina, was not returned Tuesday.

After his first wife’s death, Boczkowski returned to Pittsburgh. He married his second wife, Maryann, about 1 1/2 years ago.

Boczkowski told police he had left her alone in an outdoor hot tub for 20 minutes and returned to find her floating on her side.

Dr. Leon Rozin of the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office said Maryann Buczkowski was suffocated by pressure on her neck but he could not determine what caused the pressure.

Conrad would not discuss a motive, but said authorities are seeking insurance records.

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