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N.Y. mother pleads not guilty in strangling

Associated Press / March 25, 2010

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A woman who allegedly told police she strangled her daughter because the young woman was disrespectful pleaded not guilty yesterday to murder.

Stacey Pagli, 38, stood silent, looking haggard in handcuffs and a gray sweat suit, during a brief appearance in Westchester County Court. Her husband, who shouted angrily at her during an earlier court hearing, did not attend the arraignment.

Pagli is charged with killing Marissa Pagli, 18, on Feb. 22 in their staff apartment on the campus of Manhattanville College in Purchase. Marissa was a freshman at the school, and her father is a maintenance supervisor.

Defense lawyer Allan Focarile entered the not guilty plea and did not seek bail.