Slain UConn professor's corpse in home since June; Wife charged in killing

Published on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:15
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@muszynskiBP

BRISTOL - A UConn Health Center professor found dead in his Burlington home last week - whose wife has been charged in his killing - may have been dead since June, with the body decomposing for more eight months, court papers revealed Tuesday.

Linda Kosuda-Bigazzi, 70, was arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence. Court documents say her husband, 84-year-old Dr. Pierluigi Bigazzi, was killed sometime between June 13 and Feb. 5.

The discovery of Bigazzi’s body was made by state police. They had come to the home, at 70 Smith Lane, Burlington, for a well-being check.

The 84-year-old professor had died from blunt-force trauma to the head, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which also ruled the death a homicide last week.

Kosuda-Bigazzi, who had previously worked with her husband at the UConn Health Center, posted $1.5-million bond after she was charged in the killing on Friday.

In court on Tuesday, Kosuda-Bigazzi was placed on house arrest and will be monitored using a GPS ankle device. She can only leave her home to get food or mail, or for medical or legal appointments. She reported not having a valid passport and was ordered not to apply for one while her case is pending.

During the arraignment, a judge ordered that the arrest warrant in the case remain sealed at least until the next court date, on March 20 in New Britain Superior Court - where the most serious cases in the area are prosecuted. A reason for the sealing order was not cited.

Brian Karpe, Kosuda-Bigazzi’s attorney, will be allowed to examine the warrant. Karpe on Tuesday waived his client’s right to a probable cause hearing within 60 days of her arrest.

Kosuda-Bigazzi did not enter a plea during the hearing. Outside the courthouse on Tuesday, she and her lawyer declined to comment.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:15. Updated: Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:17.