A second grade teacher’s husband was charged with murder and began crying in court Wednesday as he was arraigned for allegedly strangling her in their Maryland home.
Andrew MacCormack, 29, pleaded not guilty to allegedly strangling and killing his wife, Vanessa MacCormack, 30, and he is being held without bail.
Prosecutors say Vanessa MacCormack’s throat was slashed and a trash bag had been put over her head on September 23. The couple’s bathroom had been cleaned with bleach.
Prosecutors say he committed the murder, withdrew $100 from an ATM, bought cocaine and returned home, where he tried to clean the bathroom before calling 911.
CBS reports Andrew MacCormack had a drug problem that was affecting their marriage. Prosecutors showed text messages in court they say shows Vanessa MacCormack -- mother to the couple’s 1-year-old daughter -- was considering divorce.
Andrew MacCormack allegedly took money from their bank accounts and blamed it on hackers, and sold their jewelry and claimed it had been stolen to afford the drugs he wanted. Vanessa MacCormack threatened to divorce him and sell the house, according to court evidence.
However, Andrew MacCormack’s defense attorney said someone else is responsible for Vanessa MacCormack’s death, and said he believes police were too fast to accuse her husband of murder.
“His DNA and his fingerprints are going to be all over the house. So why would he be bleaching the house?” Hayes said. “I think it’s a lot more likely that an assailant from outside the home bleached the house.”