Husband charged with doctor's slaying in affluent NYC suburb

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Posted: Jan 21, 2016 4:53 PM
Husband charged with doctor's slaying in affluent NYC suburb

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The husband of a pediatrician at a New York City children's hospital was charged with murder after she was found stabbed in a shower at their multimillion-dollar suburban home, authorities said Thursday.

Jules Reich, a tax specialist at a New York City firm, was arraigned Wednesday night in Scarsdale village court on a second-degree murder charge, according to the Westchester County district attorney's office.

His 58-year-old wife, Dr. Robin Goldman, was found dead on Wednesday. Police responded after receiving a 911 call of a woman seriously injured at the five-bedroom, four-bath property, which sits on 1.29 acres. An autopsy was planned, but she suffered multiple stab wounds, the prosecutor's office said.

Public records show that Reich had petitioned for divorce in August.

Goldman was a pediatrician affiliated with the Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and a faculty member at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

"Robin was a dedicated physician cherished by her colleagues as a positive and compassionate presence," Montefiore hospital said. "Her passion for medicine was an inspiration to those who worked with her. Her passing is a great loss for all of us, and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family, friends, patients, colleagues and students."

Reich's attorney, Kerry Lawrence, said a bail hearing had been scheduled for Friday, but he declined additional comment.

According to his LinkedIn page, Reich was a partner at the Manhattan accounting firm of WeiserMazars LLP, which he joined in August 2014.

The company released a statement Thursday expressing "heartfelt sympathy" to the family. It said it had no information about the accusations or the circumstances of Goldman's death.

Previously, Reich spent 20 years at the accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He graduated from New York University law school and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

"As a community, we are grief stricken and our hearts are filled with pain to know that Robin, who was so good, so sweet and so pious has so suddenly been taken from us," said a statement from the Modern Orthodox Young Israel of Scarsdale, the synagogue Goldman attended.

"This is very sad," Martin Molot, 85, a Scarsdale neighbor, told the Daily News. Reich "is a nice guy. He seemed so level-headed."

It's the first homicide in Scarsdale in nearly four decades.

The last killing was in 1977 when Yale senior Bonnie Garland was bludgeoned to death in her home. Her ex-boyfriend, Yale graduate Richard Herrin, was convicted of manslaughter.

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This story has been corrected to show that the defendant was arraigned Wednesday night, not awaiting arraignment Thursday.