Arraignment set for pianist's wife accused in kids' deaths

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Posted: Mar 23, 2016 1:51 AM
Arraignment set for pianist's wife accused in kids' deaths

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The estranged wife of an internationally known pianist is set to be arraigned in Texas on charges that she killed the couple's young daughters.

The hearing is set for Wednesday morning for Sofya Tsygankova, accused of capital murder in the deaths of 5-year-old Nika Kholodenko and 1-year-old Michela Kholodenko.

Vadym Kholodenko (vuh-DEEM' koh-loh-DEN'-koh) discovered the bodies of his daughters last Thursday at the Benbrook home the children shared with their mother. Tsygankova had wounds on her wrist and chest and was first taken to a hospital. She was booked into jail Tuesday.

Police say Tsygankova sought mental treatment the day before the girls were found dead.

Tsygankova's attorney, Joetta Keene, said she plans to plead not guilty on behalf of Tsygankova at the arraignment.