Saratoga County man pleads not guilty to attempted murder of wife

Mark Mulholland
Updated: August 13, 2020 07:34 PM
Created: August 13, 2020 06:07 PM

BALLSTON SPA - Prosecutors view the Carvajal case as part of an alarming trend---an increase in domestic violence during the pandemic.

Gary Carvajal was arraigned Thursday afternoon via Skype while being held at the Saratoga County Jail.


The 67-year-old Hadley man pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and four other counts.

He's accused of stabbing his wife in the back during an argument on June 7th at their marital home. 

Carvajal has been at the jail for the lack of $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond since his arrest, but Judge Jim Murphy remanded him with no bail Thursday after learning he's accused of violating an order of protection for trying to contact his wife from jail.

Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen says this case is a tragic example of a dramatic increase in the volume of domestic violence they're seeing during the pandemic.

"In addition to the number of domestic violence cases going up, we've also seen an increase in the level of severity of injuries involved in these cases, so they are becoming more violent, and this is an example of that unfortunately," said Heggen.

If convicted of attempted murder, Carvajal faces a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

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