She faces murder and manslaughter charges.
A Latvian-born woman accused of killing her fiance on the Hudson River by sabotaging his kayak is a victim of an accident that occurred on the chilly water after they had drinks, her lawyer said Friday.
Angelika Graswald was arraigned Friday morning in Orange County Court.
Angelika Graswald, 35, was indicted earlier this week and is facing charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter, according to ABC News.
Grim finding: Graswald was charged with second-degree murder after officials confirmed that a body found floating face-down in the river, near Cornwall Yacht Club, was that of Viafore. The two were on a kayaking trip together when his boat capsized mysteriously. He says he’s skeptical of prosecution claims she admitted wrongdoing.
State troopers discovered Viafore’s body floating in the water in the same area where he vanished more than a month ago while kayaking with Graswald.
Graswald reported Viafore missing and claimed his kayak capsized in choppy water.
But Graswald’s attorney says she didn’t do it, suggesting to People magazine that her words could have been manipulated by investigators.
Her motive? Viafore’s $250,000 in life insurance policies, prosecutors say. “We expect to see it was an accidental drowning, hypothermia and acute alcohol poisoning, but we don’t have it yet”, says Richard Portale. He was trying to figure out how to paddle the waves because they were getting crazy and, then I just saw him flip.’. Graswald herself was rescued from the water by another boater and treated for hypothermia.
Viafore’s autopsy was completed on Saturday, according to a news release. They located Viafore’s kayak and Graswald’s. Graswald and Viafore appeared to be a happy couple.
Graswald, who plays the guitar and sings, later defended her behavior, saying it was what Viafone would have wanted.
Graswald used to volunteer on Bannerman Island, a scenic ruin near the east shore, as a gardener.
Graswald is being held in the Orange County Jail on $3 million bail.