A Virginia man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder charges in connection with a 13-year-old cold case involving a woman who grew up in Atlantic City.Virginia State Police arrested Lawrence Gaudenzi, 44, of Timberville, Va., on Friday and charged him with the murder of his ex-wife, Lisa Gaudenzi, who went missing in Jan. 1995.
Lisa Gaudenzi, who was 31 at the time of her disappearance, grew up in Cinnaminson and Atlantic City, where her father, Joseph Marto, owns a cash-for-gold business. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1994 and married Lawrence Gaudenzi the day before, according to reports. She enlisted in the Army and was scheduled to attend officer training school Jan. 27, 1995 – but she never showed up.
Lisa Gaudenzi’s body has not been recovered. She left behind two daughters – one from a previous marriage.
Virginia’s Caroline County Commonwealth Attorney Anthony Spencer presented the case to a special grand jury last week, which returned a murder indictment. Lawrence Gaudenzi is also charged with taking indecent liberties with children.
Hmm, didn’t know that.
Spencer said Lawrence Gaudenzi asked for a court appointed attorney at his arraignment Wednesday. Attorneys Kathy Hancock and Russell Booker will represent Gaudenzi, Spencer said. He is being held without bond at the Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover County and a three-day jury trial was scheduled for Sept. 17, Spencer said.
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