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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Conklin, Sanford Held Without Bail

The two men accused of killing a concert violinist during a robbery in her Westfield summer home have been ordered held without bail after a prosecutor detailed how the victim was shot and stabbed after opening her door to help them.

Jonathan Conklin and Charles Sanford said nothing during a detention hearing today in federal court in Buffalo, where they've pleaded not guilty to stealing property and taking it across state lines, as well as carjacking.

Police say they killed 61-year-old Mary Whitaker after she agreed to lend them her phone after they told her they had run out of gas. They're accused of driving her car to Erie, where they were arrested after surveillance video showed them using her credit cards. A grand jury will consider state murder charges.

Whitaker performed with the Chautauqua Symphony and Westchester Philharmonic.

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