SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Julius Reich, the man that allegedly committed the first homicide in Scarsdale in nearly 40 years, pleaded not guilty when he was formally arraigned in Westchester County Court.
Acting Westchester County District Attorney James McCarty announced Tuesday that following an exhaustive investigation, Reich has been arraigned on an indictment charging him with individual counts of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon for his role in the death of his wife, Robin Goldman.
Shortly after 10 a.m. on Jan. 20, first-responders from the police department and Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps rushed to 50 Lincoln Road when Reich, 61, alerted them that a woman had been “seriously injured” during an emergency 9-1-1 call.
Police arrested Reich immediately, and the paramedics found Goldman, a prominent pediatrician in Manhattan, “in a lifeless state” after suffering stab wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to McCarty, Reich stabbed Goldman 22 times with an eight-inch kitchen knife, wounding her in the hands, chest abdomen and back. The 58-year-old victim suffered puncture wounds to her lung, heart, diaphragm, liver and kidney during the attack.
“In what can only be described as an ambush, the defendant, as alleged int he indictment, entered the bathroom while his wife was showering and repeatedly stabbed her to death,” he said. “The two were in the process of divorcing, but remained living in the same residence.”
Barry Goldstein , a former Eastchester attorney who now lives in Teaneck, N.J., has been “working for the domestic violence movement since 1983.” For more than 30 years, he was a board member for My Sister’s Place, serving four of those as chairman. He has written five books on the subject, and is currently the research director for the Stop Abuse Campaign .
“There’s a popular misconception that this doesn’t happen in wealthy communities, and that just isn’t true. It just gets hidden better there, so it’s not shocking that this would happen in Scarsdale,” he said. “When you’re dealing with an abuser that is wealthy and powerful, it’s much harder to leave or to protect yourself.”
Reich remains remanded to the Westchester County Jail. He faces life in prison and is due back in court on Tuesday, April 5.
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