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Aug 28, 2014 12:50 PM by Associated Press

Suspects in New York violinist's death held

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Two men accused of killing a New York concert violinist during a robbery in her home have been ordered held without bail after a prosecutor detailed how the victim was shot and stabbed after opening her door to help them.

Jonathan Conklin and Charles Sanford said nothing during a detention hearing Thursday in federal court in Buffalo, where they've pleaded not guilty to stealing property and taking it across state lines, and carjacking.

Police say the men killed 61-year-old Mary Whitaker after she agreed to lend them her phone in the Chautauqua County town of Westfield on Aug. 20. They're accused of driving her car to Erie, Pennsylvania, where they were arrested.

A grand jury will consider state murder charges.

Whitaker performed with the Chautauqua Symphony and Westchester Philharmonic.

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