BRISTOL - A UConn Health Center professor found dead in his Burlington home last week, whose wife has been charged with killing him, may have been dead since June, his body decomposing for more than eight months, court papers revealed Tuesday.
Linda Kosuda-Bigazzi, 70, was arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence.
Court documents say her husband, 84-year-old Dr. Pierluigi Bigazzi, was killed sometime between June 13 and Feb. 5.
The discovery of the body was made by state police. They had come to the house, at 70 Smith Lane, for a well-being check.
The professor had died from blunt-force trauma to the head, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which also ruled the death a homicide last week.
Kosuda-Bigazzi, who had previously worked with her husband at the UConn Health Center, posted $1.5 million bond after being charged Friday.
In court Tuesday, Kosuda-Bigazzi was placed in house arrest and will be monitored using a GPS ankle device. She can only leave her home to get food or mail, or for medical or legal appointments.
She reported not having a valid passport and was ordered not to apply for one while her case is pending.
During the arraignment, a judge ordered that the arrest warrant in the case remain sealed at least until the next court date, on March 20 in New Britain Superior Court. The reason for the sealing order was not cited.
Brian Karpe, Kosuda-Bigazzi’s attorney, will be allowed to examine the warrant. Karpe waived his client’s right to a probable cause hearing within 60 days of her arrest.
Kosuda-Bigazzi did not enter a plea. Outside the courthouse on Tuesday, she and her lawyer declined comment.
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