An Attica, New York, woman has been charged with the murder of her farmer husband after his dead body was found buried in a pile of manure on his farm.
Charlene Mess, 48, has been charged with second-degree murder, criminal use of a firearm, first-degree and second- degree assault, tampering with evidence, offering a false instrument to file and false written statement, reports WKBW.
Charlene has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The body of Charlene’s husband of 30 years, Douglas Mess, 52, was discovered on his dairy farm after his son reported him missing in April.
Police performed a ground and aerial search of the property and found Douglas’ body under a pile of manure in the back of his farm.
"The body was found by family and friends and it was a coordinated search," State Police Captain Steve Nigrelli said. "The discovery was by civilians."
Wyoming County prosecutors believe Charlene hit Douglas in the head and body with a pitchfork before shooting him in the back of the head with a .22 caliber rifle, Huffington Post reports. She then buried his body in manure.
According to family and friends, the couple had been having marital problems.
“Doug’s probably the nicest guy that you could ever meet,” Marcia Hirsch, a local farmer, said. “If you had any problem or anything, Doug knew how to fix it.”
Charlene is being held on $1 million bail.
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