MENDON - An associate professor at Rochester Institute of Technology was charged Tuesday with strangling his wife after her body was found overnight in a snowy park.
Timothy Wells, 57, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Christine Sevilla, a photographer and author who had been a fellow instructor at the university. Wells pleaded not guilty at an arraignment and was ordered held without bail. If convicted, he could get up to 25 years to life in prison.
According to court documents cited by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, he killed Sevilla at their home on Monday morning. For the last 12 years, the couple has run an information technology company that designs instructional programs.
After getting a 911 call, sheriff's deputies found Sevilla's body at around 2 a.m. Tuesday in a remote section of Mendon Ponds Park known as the Devil's Bathtub. The park is in Mendon, an upscale suburb about 10 miles south of Rochester.
Wells joined the RIT faculty in 1990 and teaches computing and information sciences courses.