Not guilty plea for suspect in 1995 murder

Honsch accused of murders of his wife Marcia and daughter Elizabeth

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man from Ohio accused of killing his wife 20 years ago and dumping her body in western Massachusetts, had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf Wednesday morning.

Robert Honsch was in Hampden Superior Court in Springfield Wednesday, as he was arraigned on a grand jury indictment for the killing of his wife, Marcia Honsch. Last week, prior to the grand jury indictment, Honsch was arraigned in Westfield District Court, and pleaded not guilty.

In 1995, a hiker found Marcia’s body near the entrance to Tolland State Forest. The body remained unidentified until earlier this year, however, as no missing persons report had been filed for Marcia, or her 16 year-old daughter Elizabeth, whose body was discovered behind a New Britain, Connecticut mini-mall.

When police arrested Honsch in August, he was living in Ohio under the name “Robert Tyree” with a new wife and children. After searching his home, police were able to connect him to items that were found when Marcia’s body was discovered.

He is currently being held without bail at the Hampden County House of Correction in Ludlow, and no bail was granted during Wednesday’s arraignment. Honsch is due back in court on December 11.

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