Accused man testifies in murder retrial

HUDSON—The jury is now deliberating in the murder case against Warren Powell, after receiving instructions from County Judge Jonathan Nichols Thursday afternoon. But before the trial phase ended, jurors heard testimony from Mr. Powell.

     Warren and Mary Ann Powell were excitedly awaiting the birth of their first child, a son, when Mary Ann mysteriously disappeared—leaving Warren to wonder without a clue what had happened to her. That’s what happened according to the testimony Mr. Powell, 38, gave when he took the stand in his own defense during his retrial for the murder of his wife Wednesday, April 15 in Columbia County Court.

     A Valatie native, Mr. Powell is charged with second degree murder in the death of his wife on or about October 1, 1994. The couple was living in Halfmoon, Saratoga County, at the time and Mary Ann (Tasick) Powell, then 21, was six-months pregnant.

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Inmates say Powell admitted killing his wife

HUDSON—Two men who know Warren Powell testified this week that the defendant confessed to them that he killed his wife and unborn child. Both men have criminal records.

     Mr. Powell, 38, a Valatie native, is charged with second degree murder in the death of his wife on or about October 1, 1994. The couple was living in Halfmoon, Saratoga County, at the time, and Mary Ann (Tasick) Powell, then 21, was six-months pregnant. Her body was discovered in the Hudson River in May 1996 by campers hiking near Gay’s Point in Stockport. She had been strangled to death and stuffed in a hockey bag weighed down with rocks.

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Investigator who grilled Powell takes stand in murder retrial

HUDSON—A senior State Police investigator who spent more than 30 hours talking with Warren Powell took the stand this week in Mr. Powell’s murder retrial and recounted allegedly incriminating and contradictory statements the defendant made to him more than a decade ago.

     Mr. Powell, 38, is charged with second degree murder in the death of his wife on or about October 1, 1994. The body of Mary Ann (Tasick) Powell, 21, who was six months pregnant at the time of her death, was discovered in the Hudson River May 25, 1996 by campers hiking near Gay’s Point in Stockport. She was strangled to death and stuffed in a hockey bag weighed with rocks.

     Mr. Powell was convicted of her murder but a state appeals court later overturned the conviction. He remains in prison on drug charges unrelated to the murder.

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Prosecution calls professor in murder trial

HUDSON—A former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor appeared to bolster the prosecution’s case, while a sporting goods salesman and hockey enthusiast did not as testimony in the murder retrial of Warren Powell moved into its fourth day Wednesday, April 8.
     Both men were witnesses for the prosecution in the case against Mr. Powell, 38, who is charged with second degree murder in the death of his pregnant wife, Mary Ann (Tasick) Powell on or about October 1, 1994. Her body was discovered in the Hudson River May 25, 1996 by campers hiking near Gay’s Point in Stockport. Mrs. Powell, 21, was strangled to death and stuffed in a hockey bag weighted with rocks.
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Investigator recounts grim details of victim’s remains as murder retrial continues

HUDSON—Testimony focused on the victim’s body, the bag it was stuffed in and the boat allegedly used to dump the body in the Hudson River as the Warren Powell murder retrial resumed Monday afternoon April 6.
     Mr. Powell, 38, a Valatie native who lived in the Saratoga County community of Halfmoon 15 years ago, is charged with second degree murder, a class A-1 felony. The indictment alleges that on or about October 1, 1994 Mr. Powell caused the death of his wife, Mary Ann (Tasick) Powell, 21, who was six-months pregnant with the couple’s first child. Campers hiking near Gay’s Point in Stockport discovered her body in the Hudson River May 25, 1996. She had been strangled to death and stuffed in a hockey bag weighted with rocks.
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