Man who said wife fell overboard to stand trial in her death

Posted at 1:30 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 13:30:36-04

A Pennsylvania man will stand trial on charges he shot his wife and tossed her into Lake Erie with an anchor tied to her but reported she'd accidentally fallen overboard while on his commercial fishing boat.

Christopher Leclair was ordered held for court at a hearing Thursday on a host of charges including criminal homicide. His attorney says he "maintains his innocence."

Leclair remains jailed in Erie County.

He had reported Karen Leclair missing June 11, saying she apparently fell overboard while he wasn't looking.
But Erie County authorities say dock surveillance cameras show the couple left together June 10 and he returned alone. The cameras also show him getting on the boat alone June 11 and returning alone.

Her body was found in July. She'd been shot in the head.