PITTSFIELD -- The trial of a city man who police allege tried to hire someone to kill his estranged wife has been tentatively set for March 2014 in Berkshire Superior Court.
Recep Sarikcioglu, 28, who owns and operates an ice cream truck, attempted to hire a fellow jail inmate to kill his estranged wife for $10,000, according to state police investigators.
First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello has said Sarikcioglu beat up his wife on May 13, then was sent to jail when his right to bail was revoked for violating a restraining order. While incarcerated, Sarikcioglu approached a 44-year-old inmate with his proposition. The inmate then told jail officials about Sarikcioglu's offer, the prosecutor said.
Sarikcioglu denies the crimes and has pleaded not guilty to 10 charges, including multiple counts of soliciting to commit a felony and witness intimidation.
His attorney, William A. Rota, said that Sarikcioglu has no criminal record, that the alleged victim had no physical injuries and that the informant who claimed Sarikcioglu approached him about killing his wife was unreliable.
Sarikcioglu appeared before Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini on Monday when a final pretrial conference date in his case was set for Feb. 17. His trial is scheduled for the following month.
Sarikcioglu remains free on $25,000 bail pending the outcome of his case.