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New York doctor charged in wife's death in 2012

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A central New York obstetrician has been charged with killing his wife two years ago.

Local media report that Dr. Robert M. Neulander was charged Monday with second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in Onondaga County Court in Syracuse. The 62-year-old physician is free on $100,000 bail.

Neulander's 61-year-old wife, Leslie, was found dead in the family home in the Syracuse suburb of Fayetteville in September 2012.

The county Medical Examiner's office initially ruled the death an accident after Neulander told police his wife had slipped and fallen in the shower.

District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says Leslie Neulander's body was found in a prone position 60 feet from the shower by emergency personnel. He says she had obvious blunt trauma to the side of the head.
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