Extradition hearing scheduled in 19 year old cold case

Extradition Hearing scheduled for August 18th

TOLLAND, Mass. (WWLP) – The Hampden County District Attorney’s office is waiting for a man accused of murdering his wife and daughter 19 years ago to be extradited to Massachusetts.

“I’m glad there’s some people that see fit to dig through the past and never let that die. There’s no statue of limitation on murder,” said “Wild” Bill Wampler from Otis.

70 year old Robert Honsch was arrested on Tuesday and was charged with murdering his wife and daughter in 1995. He allegedly shot his wife, then 53 year old Marcia, in the head and left her in Tolland State Forest.

“Yeah, I’m glad justice will be done for this people, I’m sure they’ve been wondering for a long time,” said Becket’s Jesse Bills.

Honsch is also accused of shooting his then 16 year old daughter Elizabeth in the head and dumping her body in New Britain, Connecticut.  The family lived in Brewster, New York near Danbury, Connecticut at the time of the murders. The Hampden County District Attorney’s office told 22News they found the 70-year old Honsch living in Ohio with a new name, wife and children. His new identity was Robert Tyree.

“I can’t figure out how they find him after that many years, it’s really surprising,” said Tom Moody of Bristol, Connecticut.

Honsch is being held without bond in an Ohio prison until his extradition hearing on August 18th.

22News spoke with Bill Bennett Thursday morning, he was the District Attorney at the time of the murders. He told 22News this shows that the police really stuck with this case and they were able to link the two cases together.  He sends his congratulations to District Attorney James Ornstein and the State Police troopers who worked so hard on the case.

Marcia Honsch (Photo Courtesy: New Britain Police Department)
Marcia Honsch (Photo Courtesy: New Britain Police Department)
Elizabeth Honsch (Photo Courtesy: New Britain Police Department)
Elizabeth Honsch (Photo Courtesy: New Britain Police Department)
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