Rockland Man Accused of Fatally Stabbing His Wife Pleads Not Guilty

Hours after a police report revealed the gruesome details of Rockland teacher Patricia Langley’s death, her husband, 56-year-old Richard Langley, was arraigned on murder charges in Hingham District Court and entered a not guilty plea.

The Boston Globe reported that Richard Langley was ordered held without bail and stood silently during the proceedings. Patricia Langley’s family members were also present at the arraignment, but asked for privacy as they left the court room, according to the report.

The hearing came just hours after a police report containing details from the crime was filed. Those details included neighbors describing Richard Langley as “proud and somewhat happy” about the stabbing, even telling them that he was the one who stabbed her. The report added that he also admitted responsibility to police when they arrived and continually referred to his dying wife with an expletive.

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Patricia Langley was rushed to a nearby hospital but was later pronounced dead.

According to the police report, Richard Langley claimed the incident stemmed from his wife’s infidelity and sexually explicit text messages from another man that he found on her phone. Richard Langley said when he confronted her, she came at him with a knife. He responded by kicking her in the stomach, grabbing the knife, and stabbing her multiple times. The police report said there was a trail of blood leading from their Rockland home’s living room to the front yard.

The Globe report said that neighbors believed the couple was friendly and had never heard them fight before. Patricia Langley was a teacher that worked with special needs students at Jefferson Elementary School.