Pittsfield man accused of smothering wife pleads not guilty to murder
PITTSFIELD — Clad in an orange jumpsuit and shackles, Timothy Gill calmly pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a lone count of murder in connection with the death of his wife late last year.
Gill, 38, of Pittsfield, displayed no reaction as the indictment was read aloud in Berkshire Superior Court before Judge John Agostini.
He is accused of killing Halena Gill, 37, sometime between Dec. 8 and 9. The associate medical examiner who performed her autopsy on Dec. 11 ruled the primary cause of her death as strangulation.
A Berkshire grand jury handed up an indictment in the case Thursday. Gill was initially arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Dec. 15. He is due back in court on July 7 for a pretrial hearing.
He will continue to be held without bail while his case progresses.
Timothy Gill was found unconscious at the scene of a motor vehicle accident about 5:46 a.m. Dec. 9 on Hancock Road, according to court records. He was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where he was admitted for treatment.
Police made repeated attempts to contact Halena Gill to no avail, finally entering the Madison Avenue apartment the couple shared about 8 a.m. Dec. 10.
Officers found Halena Gill dead, still clutching a knife blade in her left hand, on the floor of their Madison Avenue apartment.
After the autopsy, police interviewed Gill at the hospital, where he allegedly told detectives he'd killed his wife during an argument by holding her mouth and nose closed.
If convicted, Gill faces life in prison.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department with assistance from Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office and the Crime Scene Services Section.