Updated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 27
Oswego (WSYR-TV) – An Oswego County man accused of strangling his wife to death during a domestic incident pleaded not guilty on Friday.
56-year-old Robert Moshier was indicted on charges including:
- Manslaughter in the 2nd Degree, a class C felony
- Strangulation in the 1st Degree, a class C felony
- Unlawful Imprisonment in the 1st Degree, a class E felony
- Assault in the 1st Degree, a class B felony
The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office initially charged him with second degree murder, but District Attorney Greg Oakes said a murder conviction requires proof he intended to cause his wife’s death, while manslaughter only requires proof he recklessly caused her death.
Moshier’s attorney noted that there is no history of domestic strife involving law enforcement.
The indictment stems from an incident in the town of Oswego on Aug. 14 at about 9:15 p.m.
Deputies say they found 43-year-old Theresa Moshier’s body in a bedroom of the couple's home on 55 Siembor Dr.
Moshier was interviewed by deputies, who determined he killed his wife.
His bail was set at $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond.