Wife pleads not guilty to killing farmer, who was hit with pitchfork, shot, buried in manure

A New York woman has pleaded not guilty to killing her farmer husband, who was struck with a pitchfork, shot in the head and buried in manure.

Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O'Geen says 48-year-old Charlene Mess appeared Thursday in county court and is being held on $1 million bail.

Searchers found the body of 52-year-old Douglas Mess on the couple's Attica farm in April after his son reported him missing. Investigators say he was killed by a .22-caliber rifle shot to the back of his head.

A seven-count indictment charges Charlene Mess with second-degree murder, assault, evidence tampering, using a firearm in a crime and lying to investigators.

Her lawyer from the public defender's office couldn't be reached for comment.