NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) The husband of a Connecticut woman who disappeared in 1984 has pleaded not guilty to allegations he offered a state judge a $100,000 bribe to influence a grand jury investigation into her death.
The lawyer for 76-year-old Dominic Badaracco entered the pleas on his client's behalf yesterday at New Britain Superior Court. Badaracco is charged with felony bribery.
Mary Badaracco disappeared from the couple's home in Sherman and her body has never been found. A one-judge grand jury finished an investigation earlier this year without charging anyone in her death.
Authorities say Badaracco tried to bribe Superior Court Judge Robert Brunetti for help influencing the grand jury judge. An arrest warrant affidavit says Badaracco was a possible suspect in his wife's death.
Badaracco says his wife left him voluntarily.