Man shot wife, then dismembered her body, Vermont State Police say

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Joseph Ferlazzo, 41, of Northfield, New Hampshire, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Burlington on a charge of first-degree murder.

Vermont State Police have released details in the death 22-year-old Emily Ferlazzo, whose husband told police that he shot her twice Saturday in Bolton before dismembering her body with a saw.

An attorney for Joseph Ferlazzo, 41, entered a plea of not guilty on first-degree murder charges on his behalf at a video arraignment Wednesday in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington. Chittenden County State’s attorney Sarah George said the evidence of guilt was substantial.

Emily Ferlazzo’s remains were found in the couple’s vehicle, a converted bus, in St. Albans on Tuesday. Investigators believe the two were visiting Vermont from New Hampshire on their first wedding anniversary.

Police listed St. Albans as the home address for Joseph Ferlazzo, but an affidavit of probable cause filed in court Wednesday said he and his wife had been living in the bus on her parents’ property in Northfield, New Hampshire.

Emily Ferlazzo was reported missing by her family shortly after 7 p.m. Monday. Police did not locate Joseph Ferlazzo until mid-afternoon Tuesday, when he agreed to accompany troopers to the State Police barracks. Police say he admitted to killing his wife shortly afterward.

According to troopers, Joseph Ferlazzo had told his wife’s family that the couple were arguing as they drove on the Bolton Valley Access Road at about 1 p.m. Saturday.

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