Mayville, NY (WBEN) The two men who investigators believe murdered 61 year old Mary Whitaker, on Wednesday, in the Town of Westfield, are sitting in the Chautauqua County Jail right now. 43-year old Jonathan Conklin and 30-year old Charles Sanford, are facing federal charges after Whitaker's body was discovered in her Chautauqua County home earlier this week with apparent gunshot wounds to her leg and chest.
Whitaker was a violinist with the Westchester Philharmonic for at least 27 years, and spent many summers at the Chautauqua Institution, performing with the symphony orchestra there. Conklin and Sanford spent less than 15 minutes in a Buffalo courtroom last night before being ushered off by U.S. Marshals. Both men are due back in court on Thursday.