Upstate New York man charged in 1982 killing of wife
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A man who told police in 1982 that he came home from work to find his wife dead with an ax buried in her head has been charged with murder.
The Democrat & Chronicle reports that an indictment was unsealed Friday against James Krauseneck in the Feb. 19, 1982 killing of 29-year-old Cathleen Krauseneck.
The 67-year-old Krauseneck pleaded not guilty. His adult daughter accompanied him to the court appearance.
His attorneys insist he is innocent.
Krauseneck told police in 1982 that he found his wife dead when he returned to his Rochester-area home from his job at Eastman Kodak Co. He scooped up his then-toddler daughter and ran to a neighbor’s home to call police.
Authorities in 2016 conducted DNA testing on the ax handle and other evidence.