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January 23, 2014

Man pleads not guilty to woman's murder

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Danielson, who fled the scene, was arrested after he returned to his Preston home, deputies said, and he originally was charged with attempted murder and robbery. He was arraigned Dec. 30 in Norwich Town court on a more-serious murder charge.

Authorities withheld some facts in the case, including identification of a weapon, autopsy results and personal items that were taken from Knoll.

Knoll and Danielson had lived in Preston but had broken up about four months previously, authorities said in December, and Knoll moved to Norwich. Danielson had an Oxford mailing address.

From a marriage to Eric J. Knoll, Lucinda had two sons, Joey and Kurt, now 14 and 10 respectively, the boys’ paternal grandparents, Roberta and Joe Knoll of Oxford, said while in court Wednesday.

Her third son, Salvatore Danielson, whose father is the defendant, is staying with Lucinda Knoll’s mother, the Knolls said.

Joe Knoll said his grandsons, who live with them, are doing OK but shouldn’t be without their mother, and he wished that the court case was in another state that permitted hanging.

“She was brutally bludgeoned to death,” he said.

Most recently, Lucinda had worked at Norwich Pharma Services, previously called Norwich Pharmaceuticals, Roberta Knoll said, and colleagues from her various work experiences were in court Wednesday.

Revoir read each count in the indictment, then reviewed Danielson’s rights, which included the right to remain silent and to a speedy trial, among others.

The first murder count in the indictment alleges Danielson struck Knoll on with head with intent to cause death, and the second murder count charges that by forcibly stealing property, during which he struck her head many times, he caused her death.

Clippinger has 45 days to file motions for the defense, court officials said, after which the district attorney will respond.

Law enforcement officials took Danielson back to the county jail after the approximately 20-minute court appearance.

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