Woman allegedly hit farmer husband with pitchfork, buried body in manure

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ATTICA, N.Y. — A New York woman who was accused of murdering her husband and hiding his body in a pile of manure was indicted, according to WKBW.

Charlene Mess, 48, is facing multiple charges including, second-degree murder, criminal use of a firearm, first and second-degree assault, tampering with evidence and offering to file a false written statement.

Mess pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

In April police were called to the Mess dairy farm in April after Douglas Mess, 52, was reported missing by his son after he didn’t show up to work.

After a ground and aerial search officers found his body in a pile of manure on the farm, according to WKBW.

Officers said the investigation pointed to Charlene Mess as the main suspect in the case.

Prosecutors said Charlene Mess hit her husband in the head with a pitchfork before she shot him and buried his body.

Now, investigators are trying to determine whether marital problems led to the violence.

Mess is being held on $1 million bail.