Two homeless men have pleaded ‘not-guilty’ in a Chautauqua Country court in relation to the murder of New York-based violinist Mary E. Whitaker, last August.
Jonathan M Conklin, 43 and Charles Sanford, 31 will face 7 federal charges each relating to the death, robbery and fraud of Ms Whitaker on August 20th, 2014 – at her summer home in Sherman, Upstate New York.
The prosecutors will argue the 61 year old Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and the Westchester Philharmonic violinist was allegedly shot twice and stabbed, after opening her home door to allow the accused to use a phone
Both men were arrested and charged two days after the murder – after allegedly attempting to use the victim’s credit card to purchase a flat-screen television from a Wal-Mart store, in Pennsylvania.
The judge set a $1 Million bail on both men, and they were remanded in federal custody.