Julius Reich, 61, is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing his wife

By Tara Fowler
Updated January 25, 2016 11:55 AM
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A Scarsdale, New York, executive accused of stabbing his wife at least 21 times on Wednesday has been denied bail after prosecutors told a judge she was so scared of him that she’d changed the locks to their home.

The judge also granted a request from his three grown children, who are all in their 20s, for an order of protection against him.

Julius “Jules” Reich, 61, is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing his wife, 58-year-old Dr. Robin Goldman, PEOPLE confirms.

While in court Friday, Assistant District Attorney John O’Rourke painted a grim picture of Goldman’s death, describing how she was attacked from behind by Reich as she showered on Wednesday morning, according to The Journal News.

“Then he walked away, went to the kitchen and lit a cigarette before he called 911,” O’Rourke told the judge. (PEOPLE confirmed these details with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.)

Reich, a lawyer and CPA for the accounting firm WeiserMazars, and Goldman, a pediatrician, were in the midst of a divorce when he allegedly attacked her. Reich’s lawyer, Kerry Lawrence, said the split was amicable, but O’Rourke argued that Goldman had told friends she was scared of her husband.

“She told people she feared him,” said O’Rourke. “She changed the locks to keep him out.”

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But Lawrence argued that his client is a respected member of the Scarsdale community who has no history of criminal activity. “His reputation in the community is of a gentle, kind man,” Lawrence said.

O’Rourke disputed that, saying the request by his children for an order of protection against him is evidence of a violent temper. “His ties in the community have been severed,” said O’Rourke.