Murder charges filed Monday against man accused of burying bodies of elderly Stockholm couple
POTSDAM -- Charges of murder have officially been laid against a Potsdam man who has been suspected in the deaths of an elderly Stockholm couple whose bodies were found buried at the residence they shared.
39-year-old Robert A. Bartlett Jr. was charged today with second-degree murder, a Class A felony, after an indictment and a warrant from St. Lawrence County Court ordering his arrest.Bartlett, who has been held on bail on charges of stealing the couple's welfare benefits, was arraigned in St. Lawrence County Court, where he entered a plea of "not guilty."
He was remanded back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.
In the course of a welfare fraud investigation in March, Bartlett is alleged to have told state police that he had buried the bodies of Alvin S. Babcock, 84, and Betty D. Babcock, 82, of 733 May Road in Stockholm, but he denied killing them.
The couple had lived at that address in the rented trailer home with Bartlett.
As the investigation continued, investigators unearthed the bodies of the couple, on March 20 and 21.