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Cuyler Man Indicted on Murder Charges in Connection With Wife's Death
Friday, September 21, 2012
Cuyler Man Indicted on Murder Charges in Connection With Wife's Death
A Cortland County Grand Jury has indicted a Town of Cuyler man on murder and other charges in connection with the death of his wife this summer.
 
44-year-old Keith Pottorff has been indicted on charges including second-degree murder, criminal possession of stolen property, forgery, and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
 
Pottorff is accused of killing his wife 53 year old Janet Pottorff in the couple's home at 5769 Dog Hollow Road back on July 17th.
 
Earlier this summer, Cuyler Town Justice James Fredenberg held a felony hearing where it was determined there was enough evidence to hold Pottorff on the felony charges.
 
During that hearing investigators with the New York State Police talked about some of the evidence that they had gathered in the case.
 
State Police were called to Pottorff’s home on July 20th for what initially started as a missing person investigation.
 
Co-workers of Janet Pottorff had contacted police after she did not come to work at the Cortland Regional Medical Center where she was employed as a nurse. Pottorff’s co-workers became suspicious after Keith Pottorff had called in sick for his wife.
 
Pottorff’s Co-worker testified that the woman had confided that Keith Pottorff had been using drugs and had been stealing money from her. Co-workers were also aware of some domestic violence that had occurred in the couple’s home.
 
On July 20th investigators searched the Cuyler property and found Janet Pottorff’s body in a shed behind the house.
 
State Police Investigator Jason Miller said the woman’s partially clothed body was found with her hands and feet bound.
 
A pathologist determined that Janet Pottorff was killed two days before and that she had either been strangled with some sort of cord or possible by placing bags over her head.
 
Keith Pottorff was later found at the Grass Roots Festival in Trumansburg. During questioning at the State Police barracks Pottorff admitted his cocaine usage and that he and his wife had argued over it. Investigators also found jewelry in Pottorff’s bag that was later identified as belonging to Janet Pottorff.
 
The updated charges against Pottorff accuse him using his dead wife’s bank debit card at various businesses and cashing a $975 dollar check from her account at First Niagara Bank.
 
Pottorff is being held without bail, If found guilty of the murder charge, Pottorff faces 25 years to life in prison.
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