Greenfield man indicted in Oct. beating death of mom
BALLSTON SPA A 27-year-old Greenfield man accused of killing his mother was indicted Wednesday on a second-degree murder charge.
A Saratoga County grand jury also indicted Joshua P. McWain, of 370 Daniels Road, Lot 20, on a felony charge of tampering with physical evidence for allegedly trying to hide the body under a shed.
McWain is accused of beating his mother, Carol L. Stanford, 59, to death Oct. 27 at the mobile home they shared.
He has remained in Saratoga County Jail without bail since his Oct. 31 arrest. Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said he plans to recommend that he continue to be denied bail. McWain is expected to be formally arraigned in the next few days before Judge Jerry Scarano.
His defense attorney, Oscar Schreiber, first assistant public defender, did not return a call for comment Wednesday afternoon.
Saratoga County sheriff’s deputies learned of Stanford’s disappearance when neighbors who hadn’t seen her for several days asked law enforcement to check up on her Oct. 30.
An investigation began. Police say McWain told them what he did to his mother and where he put her body.
McWain told investigators that he and his mother had an argument and he “lost it,” Saratoga County Sheriff James Bowen has said previously.
Deputies found Stanford’s body underneath a shed with a trap door in the floor. McWain had dug out the earth beneath the shed, authorities said.
The Sheriff’s Department turned over the crime scene to the state police Forensic Investigation Unit, a standard procedure in homicide investigations.
Murphy won’t say what was used to kill the woman, but authorities have said that she was hit many times with a blunt instrument and died of blunt force trauma to the head and excessive bleeding.
After Stanford’s death, neighbors described McWain as someone who had trouble controlling his temper and who swore at lawn mowers and snow blowers.
In February, McWain pleaded guilty in Saratoga County Court to fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony.
He stole $4,800 from a neighbor in the mobile home park between June and September 2011 and was ordered to make full restitution, according to court papers.
Stanford had a daughter who lives in Corinth and five grandchildren, and had been a widow since 2005, according to her obituary. She was born and raised in Glens Falls.