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Woman Admitted to Pulling Plug on Fiancé's Kayak: Investigator

Angelika Graswald is accused of removing a drain plug from Vincent Viafore's kayak in April 2015

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    Woman Admitted to Pulling Plug on Fiancé's Kayak: Investigator
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    Angelika Graswald stands in court on May 13, 2015 in Goshen, New York. Graswald has been charged with killing her fiancé, Vincent Viafore, by tampering with his boat on an outing to a scenic island on the Hudson River.

    A woman accused of fatally sabotaging her fiancé's kayak on the Hudson River told authorities she removed a plug on his kayak and manipulated his paddle, according to a New York State Police investigator.

    Angelika Graswald is accused of removing a drain plug from Vincent Viafore's kayak in April 2015 and pushing a floating paddle away from him after his kayak capsized 50 miles north of New York City. Graswald has been charged with murder.

    Viafore's body was found a month later about a mile downriver. Viafore, 46, had not been wearing a life jacket, authorities said.

    A Cornwall police officer testified Monday during Graswald's trial that Graswald appeared calm and emotionless when she was rescued.

    Graswald told another investigator she had pulled a plug on Viafore's kayak and manipulated the ring on his paddle, state police senior investigator Aniello Moscato testified.

    Neither prosecutors nor the defense can comment due to a gag order. Prosecutors said after her arrest that Graswald had been hoping to collect $250,000 in life insurance.

    The defense maintains Viafore's death was accidental, and Graswald has denied murder and manslaughter charges.