A Long Island man -- who staged an elaborate scam to make it seem as though his wife had been carjacked -- pleaded guilty Thursday to strangling her to death inside their Bethpage apartment before dumping her body in a wooded area off the Long Island Expressway.
William Walsh, 31, pleaded guilty in Nassau County Court to murder in the Second Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice told jurors in the early morning hours of Oct. 26, 2008, Walsh choked his wife, Leah, to death, following a verbal dispute.
He then allegedly covered her with black trash bags and went to the gym where he spent the majority of his morning.
Prosecutors allege around 10 p.m, that night, Walsh took his wife's body and put her in the passenger seat of her Ford Focus. He then proceeded to drive to a wooded area off the Long Island Expressway, where he dumped her body. Walsh then allegedly parked the car on the side of the road near the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway near the Plainview Road exit.
In court, Walsh told Judge David Ayers he was drunk and high when his wife questioned him about another woman.
"I grabbed Leah in a choke hold, and I blacked out," he said. In addition, Walsh went on to say, "I wish I didn't do any of it."
Following the ordeal, Walsh was seen all over local newspapers and TV stations begging for his wife's safe return. However, he was taken into police custody on Oct.29 after Leah's body was found on the side of the road.
Walsh -- who is due back in court for sentencing June 23 -- faces up to 18 years in prison as part of a plea deal.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun