Katie MoriartyMar 7, 2016, 3:41 pm

Centereach man accused of wife’s 2010 murder pleads not guilty

Joseph Jones was indicted after grand jury listened to accounts from 17 witnesses

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A Centereach man was in court Monday - charged with the 2010 murder of his wife.

Joseph Jones faces second degree murder charges in the death of his wife Nicole Tessa.

It was a courtroom packed with emotion. A husband accused of killing his wife. The victim Nicole Tessa was found beaten and strangled to death just two weeks before Christmas in 2010.

Tessa's family cheered as the judge announced Jones would be held without bail.

"I want him held. I want him held. His son needs closure. His son needs a normal life. For the last year he's been with me he's had that," Jennifer Travis, the victim’s sister said.

Police found Tessa's body lying in what's been described as a "shallow grave" in a wooded area near the North Patchogue home she once shared with her husband.

On the day of Tessa's death, a fight allegedly took place over Oxycodone pills. Arguments against Jones say he was selling them and witnesses claim he followed Tessa as she walked towards a wooded area after the fight.

A grand jury recently indicted Jones after listening to accounts from 17 witnesses.

On Monday, Jones pleaded not guilty to the charges..

Joseph Jones will be back in court on April 11.

FiOS1 News spoke with Jones' current girlfriend inside of the court room.

She denied to speak on camera, but said she's been with Jones for three years and firmly believes he's innocent.

She also says there is "a lot more to the story" than what's been said in court.

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