Angelika Graswald pleads not guilty in alleged kayak-killing of fiance

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Angelika Graswald

Angelika Graswald

GOSHEN, N.Y. — A woman accused of killing her fiance by sabotaging his kayak on the Hudson River has pleaded not guilty.

Angelika Graswald was arraigned Friday morning in Orange County Court. Her lawyer entered the plea on murder and manslaughter charges.

Graswald is charged in the April 19 death of Vincent Viafore, whose body was found last weekend in the river near West Point.

Prosecutors say she removed a drain plug from Viafore's kayak, then delayed calling for help and pushed a floating paddle away from him as he struggled in the water. She allegedly told investigators she was happy to know he was going to die.

Graswald's lawyer says the death was an accident. He says he's skeptical of prosecution claims she admitted wrongdoing.

Her bail remains at $3 million.

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