NH Man pleads not guilty to killing wife Emily Ferlazzo in Vermont – NBC Boston

A man accused of killing his 22-year-old wife after her disappearance earlier this week pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in a Vermont court.

It comes a day after police say he confessed to killing his wife in a motorhome they converted into a living and travel space.

Joseph Ferlazzo, 41, told detectives he killed Emily Ferlazzo on Saturday inside their vehicle in Bolton, Vermont, state police said. But on his first degree murder indictment Wednesday morning in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington, his attorney pleaded not guilty.

Joseph Ferlazzo will remain jailed without bond on this charge, which could lead to a life sentence if convicted.

“We believe the evidence of guilt is excellent,” Chittenden County state attorney Sarah George told Judge Gregory Rainville during Wednesday’s arraignment.

Police recovered a body believed to be that of Emily Ferlazzo, they said on Tuesday evening. An autopsy was to be performed to confirm her identity and determine how she died.

According to a police affidavit filed in court, Joseph Ferlazzo told investigators he dismembered his wife with a handsaw 12 to 3 hours after he shot her and put her body parts in garbage bags .

Police then obtained a search warrant for the couple’s Chevrolet Express bus and found eight black plastic garbage bags in a bathroom. One was split open and a severed human leg without the foot was inside, according to the affidavit.

Vermont State Police have said they are still looking at the evidence in this case, and George has indicated more charges could be laid, likely related to the alleged dismemberment.

Joseph Ferlazzo will be back in court in a few weeks for a hearing on state evidence against him, Rainville noted at Wednesday’s hearing.

Emily Ferlazzo of Northfield, New Hampshire, was first reported missing by her family on Monday evening. She had traveled from New Hampshire to Vermont with her husband and was last seen on Saturday afternoon at an Airbnb in Bolton, state police said.

According to what the victim’s mother and stepfather told police, the Ferlazzo’s visit to Vermont was for a camping trip celebrating the couple’s first wedding anniversary.

Joseph Ferlazzo initially told the family his wife was missing after the couple argued in their campervan on Saturday afternoon. He then confessed to having killed her in the early hours of Saturday morning in the same motorhome, according to the police.

Police found the RV in St. Albans at a friend’s house. After obtaining a search warrant, police were able to inspect the camper van on Tuesday and found what they believe to be the remains of Emily Ferlazzo.

In the police affidavit released following the arraignment, investigators wrote that Emily’s mother described her daughter surviving multiple cases of domestic violence in the marriage, which left her scratches and bruises.

“I think we have to find a better way to help a lot of these survivors in the community before we get the police involved,” George said in response to a question from NECN and NBC10 Boston after the arraignment. “And help these people become more independent and move away from their abusers in a way that is safe and allows them to maintain their financial independence, employment, housing and child care without the continued control and possession of their partners. “

Steps to End Domestic Violence serves survivors of Chittenden County, Vermont’s most populous county.

“Sadly, it’s times like this that remind us of just how prevalent domestic violence is and what the issues are,” said Nicole Kubon, Executive Director of Steps to End Domestic Violence. “This can hopefully get people involved in supporting anyone who may be affected by violence in their community to speak up, say something, learn to be active in the work we do. let’s all do to end domestic violence. “

Kubon directed people, regardless of their location in the United States, to the website of the National helpline on domestic violence, which offers text or web chat functionality. Its telephone line is 1-800-799-7233.

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