On the night of
"Save my wife!"
Turns out, police and prosecutors now say, Baldwin had killed his wife, Judy, earlier that night then staged the crash to try to cover up the crime.
Baldwin, 58, a former police officer at the
The indictment states Baldwin "inflicted or caused to be inflicted blunt force trauma" to his wife's head, causing her death.
Family members had pushed for the case to be investigated since
"It's sad that my sister's life ended in pain," said
Baldwin spent the night in jail Tuesday then appeared in court for the first time Wednesday afternoon. Baldwin said nothing except "Yes, sir" as
"This charge carries from 30 years to life in prison if there is a conviction," Zamore told Baldwin. "Do you understand?"
Baldwin told Zamore he understands.
Zamore denied Baldwin bond pending a trial.
Police investigated the incident for more than 18 months afterward, prosecutors said. Teams from the
Prosecutors then presented evidence Tuesday to a grand jury. Grand jurors spent almost an hour considering testimony from troopers and police officers, prosecutors said.
"A thorough investigation was done, and we will do our part to ensure that justice is done in this case," Newman said.
Baldwin worked at the
Baldwin then was a police officer for the city of
The murder arrest is the second felony accusation against Baldwin in less than a year. Baldwin was out on bond on an arson charge at the time he was arrested Tuesday on the accusation that he killed his wife.
In 2017, Baldwin was accused of burning down his roommate's trailer in
No trial date for the murder charge has been set for Baldwin.
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