Mary MuellerSep 6, 2017, 1:46 pm

Yonkers man charged in stabbing death of wife pleads not guilty

Police: Joseph Abraham Sr., 54, tried to kill himself after allegedly murdering wife


WHITE PLAINS — a Yonkers man indicted for murder faced a judge Wednesday.

Yonkers police say he stabbed his wife to death in their bedroom, and then tried to take his own life.

Joseph Abraham Sr. didn’t say much at his arraignment. He let his attorney do the talking, but he pleaded not guilty to stabbing his wife multiple times at their home back in May.

Abraham is charged with murder in the second degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. His arraignment only lasted a few short minutes.

Abraham acknowledged the judge and looked straight in front of him.

According to the grand jury indictment, back on May 21, he stabbed his wife Amanda Trenck Abraham to death at their home on Van Cortland Park Avenue in Yonkers. Trenck was just 25-years-old.

Family members made the discovery and called 911, and then police say they found the 54-year-old defendant unconscious in a bathtub having attempted to slit his wrists. His wife was found in their bedroom in a pool of blood. Two knives were recovered at the home.

A few people who were in court for her wore yellow shirts with red ribbons on them but refused to speak with media.

Abraham faces 25 years to life in state prison if convicted.

The district attorney's office says Abraham is not eligible for bail so he has returned to the Westchester County Jail.

He's due back in court on Sept. 21.



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