Philip Snider, 73, of Hartville, was arraigned Monday in Canton Municipal Court on a charge of aggravated murder.

CANTON  A 73-year-old Hartville man made his initial appearance in municipal court Monday morning on an aggravated murder charge tied to the death of his wife.

Philip S. Snider remains in the Stark County Jail; the hearing was conducted via a video feed. Canton Municipal Court Judge Curt Werren kept Snider's bond at $5 million.

A status conference was set for 11 a.m. Friday in municipal court. Werren also scheduled a preliminary hearing for 11 a.m. April 30.

Snider, who is represented by the Stark County Public Defender's Office, can waive the preliminary hearing and send the case over for a Stark County grand jury review or ask the Canton Prosecutor's Office to present evidence and show probable cause for his arrest on the allegation he killed his 70-year-old wife, who has been missing since early January. A grand jury would determine whether there's enough evidence to indict Snider.

On Friday, when a warrant was issued for Snider's arrest, Werren set the bond at $5 million. The judge agreed on Monday to City Prosecutor Ty Hauritz's request to not change the bond amount. Snider is being held at the Stark County Jail.

Hartville Police Chief Larry Dordea said on Friday that investigators have not yet located Roberta Snider's body.

"We have his word on where she is, but he's not saying anything beyond what he said previously," Dordea said last week. The chief said police had no information indicating that anyone else was involved in Roberta Snider's disappearance.

Doredea said the investigation is continuing.

According to police, Philip Snider previously said his wife Roberta died during their trip to Graceland in Memphis between Jan. 4 and Jan. 6 and that he had given her body to emergency responders in a parking lot. But police found surveillance camera videos that showed he was alone during the trip, and he then told police that after his wife died, he threw her body into the Tennessee River near Interstate 40.

Authorities there have been unable to locate a body.

Following Monday's hearing, Hauritz, of the city prosecutor's office, declined to comment on details of the case.

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