The man accused of killing his wife and daughter nearly 23 years ago faced a New Britain judge Wednesday for the first time since the decades-long probe pointed police to an Ohio town where he was living under an assumed name.
Robert Honsch, 74, was ordered held on $1 million bond after his brief appearance on murder charges stemming from the death of his daughter, 17-year-old Elizabeth Honsch. Authorities have not said what motivated the killing.
Now accused of killing Elizabeth Honsch, he was convicted last year in Massachusetts of killing her mother, Marcia Honsch, 53. Their bodies were found about a week apart in the fall of 1995.
Authorities said that Elizabeth Honsch’s body, wrapped in sleeping and garbage bags, was left behind a shopping plaza on Hartford Road, while Marcia Honsch’s remains were discovered about 40 miles away in Tolland, Mass.
The Hampden County, Mass., District Attorney’s Office was the first to prosecute Honsch on the decades-old crimes. Last year, a jury there convicted him of first-degree murder.
Honsch’s appearance in Superior Court in Wednesday comes nearly four years after the investigation by Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York authorities, with the help of the FBI, tracked the accused killer to Dalton, Ohio, where police say he was living under the name Robert Tyree with a new wife and children.