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Clayton Pleads Not Guilty in Wife's Death

By Jason Weinstein.
A Binghamton native charged with killing his wife in Steuben county has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

Thomas Clayton is charged with one count of murder in the first degree and two counts of murder in the second degree. Prosecutors say Clayton, who played professional hockey for the Elmira Jackals, killed his wife Kelley Clayton on September 29th.

The indictments charge Thomas Clayton and Michael Beard conspired to kill Kelley Clayton, and attempt to commit arson. According to partner station WENY Thomas Clayton said in court Tuesday, "I had nothing to do with this. I am not guilty. Beard is a liar."

The Chemung County District Attorney who is trying the case as a special prosecutor says he still believes the case is a murder for hire situation and will try Beard and Clayton separately.

As court adjourned some people were kicked out of the courtroom for yelling profanities at Clayton. Clayton is set to appear in court again on February 8th.