GOSHEN, N.Y. (PIX11/AP) — Prosecutors say a 35-year-old Latvian expatriate accused of killing her fiance while paddling on the Hudson River admitted to tampering with his kayak.
They say Angelika Graswald has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Vincent Viafore.
At a bail hearing Wednesday, a prosecutor said Graswald felt trapped and stood to benefit by $250,000 from life insurance policies.
Julie Mohl said Graswald told investigators that she felt “happiness and relief,” that “it felt good knowing he would die.”
The district attorney also stated that witnesses saw Graswald “intentionally” capsize her own kayak because she “wanted authorities to believe she tried to save Viafore.”
Graswald’s lawyer, however, said he was skeptical about the statements prosecutors said she made to investigators.
“She was suffering from hypothermia, she was suffering from the loss of her fiance, as we know, there was a very clear language barrier (and) the more time we spent with her the more we realized how confusing it can be when you speak with her.”
Police say the crime happened 50 miles north of New York City on Bannerman Island, a scenic ruin where Graswald volunteered as a gardener. Viafore’s body hasn’t been found.
Graswald, who is the primary beneficiary on two life insurance policies for her dead husband, “talked about what she could do with the money, according to Assistant District Attorney Julie Mohl.
A judge set bail at $3 million cash.