Pittsfield man pleads not guilty in wife's strangulation

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PITTSFIELD — When Pittsfield Police found Halena Gill's body on her living room floor on Thursday morning, she was clutching a knife blade in her left hand.

Officers had been trying to contact her for the previous 24 hours because her husband had been found unconscious at the scene of a car accident on Hancock Road.

Timothy Gill, 38, the driver and only occupant of the vehicle, had been transported to Berkshire Medical Center.

After several unsuccessful attempts to reach her, police went to the Madison Avenue apartment and found his wife's body on the living room floor.

Gill, who is facing a charge of murder in connection with her death, apparently killed her after a violent dispute in their Madison Avenue apartment, according to court documents.

When police interviewed Gill at the hospital after he regained consciousness, he allegedly admitted killing his wife during a fight before he got in the car and crashed it.

He told police there was a knife involved in the fight and he told police he held her mouth and nose closed. An autopsy determined the primary cause of death as strangulation. It was not clear exactly when she died.

Gill was arrested Monday and held at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction until his arraignment.

He pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to a single of murder. Judge William Rota ordered him held without bail pending a probable cause hearing scheduled for Jan. 14.

If convicted on the murder charge, Gill faces up to life in prison.

The investigation is being conducted by the Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau and Crime Scene Services with assistance from Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office.

The investigation is still ongoing, according to Pittsfield Police Capt. Patrick Barry said, and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective John Gray or Detective John Soules at 413-448-9705.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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