A Long Island mother-of-two accused of trying to kill her estranged husband by pouring antifreeze into his drinks at least twice in front of their young children has appeared in court.
Renee Burke, 40, has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of her husband Matthew Burke amid their nasty divorce.
She arrived at the Riverhead courthouse in Suffolk County on Thursday with her legal team.
Renee Burke at the Riverhead courthouse hall (center) on Thursday
She carried a tan coat and seemed animated as she made her way into the courtroom
The 40-year-old (center) was accompanied by her legal team shown above on Thursday
She carried a tan coat and seemed animated as she smiled and made her way into the courtroom.
Prosecutors say Renee Burke was caught on surveillance camera breaking into her husband’s apartment at least three times in September and putting anti-freeze in his wine bottle and soda.
Former husband Matthew Burke has custody of the their four-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter.
She is being held on $400,000 bond and faces 25 years in prison if convicted
She smiled as she made her way into the court room to face an attempted murder charge
Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said the four-year-old told a babysitter, ‘Mommy put something in Daddy’s drink.’
‘The evidence in this case includes video surveillance that shows the defendant taking a wine bottle out of the fridge and taking baby bottles filled with antifreeze and pouring the liquid into the wine bottle,’ Sini said.
Burke pleaded not guilty to attempted murder of her husband Matthew Burke after surveillance video captured her breaking into his home and pouring antifreeze into her husband’s wine bottles and soda
Matthew has custody of their four-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter, who prosecutors say witnessed their mother trying to poison their father
On two of the occasions, Matthew did drink from the bottle but noticed the odd taste, spat it out and called police.
Prosecutors say that when Burke was arrested she claimed to have poured fruit juice into the wine bottles, despite investigators finding searches for ‘antifreeze with alcohol’, ‘what liquids for cars can kill a human,’ and ‘can antifreeze kill human,’ on her phone.
Sini said police also found a bottle of pink colored Prestone antifreeze in Burke’s kitchen.
Renee Burke has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, attempted assault, burglary and other charges.
She is being held on $400,000 bond and faces 25 years in prison if convicted.
Burke pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and faces 25 years in prison