BRENTWOOD — A physician assistant from Londonderry has pleaded not guilty to charges he murdered his wife and tried to hide her cellphone as the death investigation began.
William Argie, 47, waived his arraignment Thursday in Rockingham County Superior Court and entered not guilty pleas to charges of first- and second-degree murder and falsification of physical evidence in the death of 39-year-old Maureen Argie.
Argie was indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury this month on the charges. He was arrested June 7 following an investigation that began when his wife’s body was found on April 4 at their home at 118 West Road in Londonderry.
The first-degree murder charge alleges that he purposely caused Maureen Argie’s death by strangling and/or smothering her. The second-degree murder charge accuses him of recklessly causing her death, also by strangling and/or smothering.
In addition to the murder charges, he also faces a falsification of physical evidence charge alleging that when he believed that an official investigation was about to begin into his wife’s death he “destroyed, concealed, and/or removed” her cellphone from their residence “with a purpose to impair its availability” during the probe.
Argie remains held without bail at Rockingham County jail.
In an unrelated criminal case last year, Argie pleaded guilty to a reckless conduct charge after he pointed a gun out a window while driving on Interstate 93 in Windham on Dec. 18, 2017.
According to court records related to the gun incident, Argie indicated that at the time he was employed at Physician One Urgent Care in Medford, Mass. While he had worked there as a physician assistant, he was not employed by the company when his wife was allegedly murdered.
Argie was licensed in New Hampshire until 2016, and renewed a license to operate in Massachusetts in February, according to online records.
Following the gun incident, court records show Argie was given a one-year jail term that was suspended for two years.