Alleged Kayak Killer Continues to Proclaim Her Innocence in New Jailhouse Interview
"I'm not a killer. I'm a good person," Angelika Graswald said of the accusation that she killed her fiancé Vince Viafore
The woman accused of murdering her fiancé by allegedly sabotaging his kayak and refusing to help him as he drowned in New York’s Hudson River is continuing to proclaim her innocence, speaking out in a new jailhouse interview.
Her comments to ABC’s 20/20 are similar to what she told PEOPLE during a jailhouse interview in May, just weeks after Viafore drowned.
Graswald told ABC that the weather was “nice” on April 19 when she and her fiancé set out to Kayak on the Hudson River near Newburgh, New York: “It was a little cold. But it was, you know, it didn’t look dangerous or anything.”
Graswald, who is being held in the Orange County Jail on $9 million bail while she awaits trail, told ABC: “I’m not a killer. I’m a good person. I didn’t kill him I loved him. I didn’t do it.”
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She added: “I loved him. I did not want to kill him. And I didn’t do anything to kill him.”
Prosecutors allege Graswald killed Viafore by tampering with his paddle and kayak, removing a drain plug so the boat filled with water and doing nothing to help as he drowned.
She has pleaded not guilty.
In the days following Viafore’s disappearance, police questioned Graswald in a nearly 12-hour long interrogation.
Footage of the interrogation obtained by ABC shows Graswald telling police, “I wanted him dead and now he’s gone. And I’m okay with that.”
However, she told ABC that she “just told them what they wanted to hear.”
“They kept asking me the same questions like a hundred times. And I knew that I was innocent,” The Latvia native said. “I was at my breaking point. I just, I had it. So I just gave them what they wanted.”
“It was scary,” she said.
Her lawyer, Robert Portale, previously told PEOPLE that police “mentally hammered” Graswald.
“They convinced her that Vince was sleeping with everyone at work,” Portale said. “That everyone knew but her. She was hurt, reeling and lashed out and stated she wanted him dead.”
Portale did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.