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GOSHEN---A Latvian woman charged
with killing her fiance pushed a floating
paddle away from him as he struggled
in the cold, choppy Hudson River after
his kayak capsised, then waited 20 min-
utes to call for help, prosecutors said
After a fisherman found a body in the
water Saturday near the US Military Acad-
emy, authorities identified the remains
as those of 46-year-old Vincent Viafore.
Viafore vanished April 19 in what
fiancee Angelika Graswald reported as an
accident. She said his kayak capsised in
choppy, cold water while he wasn't wear-
ing a life jacket, and she was unable to
save him. Graswald, 35, was rescued by
another boater and treated for hypother-
But the story took a startling turn. Less
than two weeks later, Graswald was
charged with murder. Prosecutors said
she wanted out of their relationship, and
wanted Viafore's $250,000 in life insur-
"She felt trapped, and it was her only
way out," Orange County Assistant District
Attorney Julie Mohl said at a court hearing
Graswald admitted tampering with
Viafore's kayak and later confessed "it
felt good knowing he would die," Mohl
said. The fiancee didn't call for help for
20 minutes after his kayak overturned,
and witnesses said she intentionally cap-
sised her own craft, Mohl said.
Yesterday, the district attorney's office
released an indictment charging Graswald
with second-degree manslaughter as well
as second-degree murder. It said in a
statement that in addition to removing
the drain plug from Viafore's kayak, she
moved his paddle away from him as he
struggled in the water. Graswald is being
held on $3 million bail. (AP)
Fiancee charged in death of kayaker
CAIRO---Egyptian authorities are investigating the
killing of a university student by police, a judicial
official said yesterday, the latest in series of cases
alleging brutality by security forces.
The death of engineering student Islam Ateto on
May 19 has become a major topic on Egyptian tel-
evision talk shows and in newspapers in recent days,
as his family and colleagues say he was last seen
alive in class taking an exam.
Security officials, meanwhile, have insisted Ateto
was an Islamic militant belonging to the outlawed
Muslim Brotherhood group and was wanted over the
killing of a police officer last month.
While Egypt's Interior Ministry says it is fighting
terrorism, police officers have faced accusations of
killing detainees. In the past two days alone, at least
four officers have been prosecuted on charges of sex-
ually assaulting or fatally beating detainees.
On Sunday, Egypt's state news agency MENA
reported that a Giza court sentenced a police officer
to life in prison after convicting him in charges of
sexually assaulting a female detainee.
In Ateto's case, a judicial official, who insisted on
anonymity because he was not authorised to brief
reporters, said yesterday that a Cairo prosecutor sum-
moned police officers over the killing. The official
said that a preliminary forensic report showed Ateto
died from five gunshot wounds.
The Engineering Students' Union of Ain Shams
university has alleged plainclothes security officials
entered the school and took Ateto away to be killed.
The university's administration called the allegation
"not true," saying unreleased surveillance footage
showed Ateto leaving unaccompanied.
The Interior Ministry has said Ateto, who it
described as a Brotherhood "operative," was killed
in a gunbattle with police after he was spotted in a
deserted area. His family said Ateto had no history
of violence and was not an Islamic militant.
Egypt's government has branded the Brotherhood
a terrorist organisation after a wave of bombings and
killings following Islamist President Mohammed
Morsi's ouster in 2013 and security forces breaking
up Islamist protest sit-ins, leaving hundreds dead.
Egypt officials launch probe
In this November 25, 2013 photo provided by a
friend, engineering student Islam Ateto holds a sign
protesting the arrest of fellow students at Ain
Shams University, in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian
authorities are investigating the killing of Ateto by
police. AP PHOTO
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