BRENTWOOD — A Londonderry man accused of murdering his wife is being held in jail without bail
William Argie, 46, waived his arraignment Monday afternoon in Rockingham County Superior Court. He pleaded not guilty.
Argie was arrested Friday, accused of killing his wife Maureen Argie, 39, in April.
He's been charged with two alternative counts of second-degree murder, for knowingly causing the death of his wife by strangling and/or smothering her, and for recklessly causing her death, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.
The difference between the charges is knowingly causing the death or recklessly causing the death of his wife. Second degree murder in New Hampshire is punishable by up to a life sentence.
Details about the case were not immediately available. The affidavit with the events leading to Argie's arrest has been sealed because of the investigation, according to Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley.
With the affidavit sealed, Hinkley couldn’t comment on the facts of the case, nor why the arrest happened more than two months after Argie’s wife was found dead in their home.
“That affidavit will be released to the public when the investigation is complete,” Hinckley said.
Maureen Argie was found in the couple’s Londonderry home at 118 West Road on April 4, when police were asked to conduct a welfare check. Police said the death was suspicious at the time.
It wasn’t until last week — about two months later — when police executed a warrant for her husband’s arrest.
“Whether the investigation takes a matter of hours or the investigation takes a matter of weeks — the investigation takes however long it takes,” Hinckley said.
Argie has retained the right to hold a bail hearing if he chooses to do so, Hinckley said.