December 7, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) -- A 72-year-old man who served 20 years in prison
for shooting his estranged wife to death has pleaded not guilty to
charges he tried to buy a gun and a silencer to kill his
Charles Baeza (BAY'-zah) was charged Friday with criminal
solicitation and attempted criminal possession of a weapon. Leaving
court he said: "It was all a joke!"
His attorney didn't respond to a call seeking comment.
Police say Baeza tried to buy the weapon to kill his 52-year-old
girlfriend because she owed him money.
He was paroled on Feb. 16, 2010 after serving time for the 1990
shooting death of his estranged wife, Ruth. A Virginia state
trooper stopped Baeza, who was fleeing New York. The trooper
discovered the woman's body in the backseat.
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