DENVER, CO — Denver police believe Robert Feldman, accused of first degree murder, strangled his wife on the day in 2015 she found out he was having an affair with another woman, according to an affidavit unsealed Monday.
Robert Feldman, then 53, called police around 3 p.m. March 1, 2015 to report he found his wife, Stacy Feldman, 44, unresponsive in a bathtub with the shower running, the affidavit said. Feldman reportedly told officers his wife had attended a party the night before and consumed several doses of marijuana edibles. He said she was not feeling well when he took the children to a Temple function in Denver.
Stacy Feldman’s original autopsy said her cause of death was "undetermined" although it did list scrapes and abrasions on her face, torso and extremities. Stacy Feldman did not have any traces of marijuana in her system, although the medical examiner found traces of anti-depressants and other drugs.
Denver detectives observed that Robert Feldman appeared to be "overreacting" and gave them conflicting stories about how he found his wife’s body, the affidavit said. Feldman also allegedly interfered with fire rescue personnel who called him "over-dramatic" and "purposely not cooperative" as they tried to resuscitate Stacy Feldman. Feldman did not want to have an autopsy performed on his wife, the affidavit said.
Denver police asked for another opinion from a national expert on domestic violence involving strangulation and suffocation. In December, 2017, the expert’s reports said he believed Stacy Feldman had been strangled to death and listed the cause of death as homicide, the affidavit said. At that point, Denver detectives made moves to arrest Feldman. Officers took him into custody on Feb. 13.
Police got a break in the case when a woman called Metro Denver Crime Stoppers June 11, 2015 to say she had contacted Stacy Feldman by email March 1 when she figured out Robert Feldman had allegedly lied on a dating site about being divorced. She told police she had met Feldman in February through the Tinder dating site and that Feldman had come to her house for dinner, after which they had sex. She told police Feldman had said his last name was "Wolfe." When Feldman "blew her off" and stopped returning her calls, she was able to find Robert Feldman’s information and realized he was likely married to Stacy Feldman.
She told police she found Stacy Feldman’s email and contacted her to ask if the couple was divorced. The two spoke by phone and Stacy Feldman told her she and Robert were not divorced, the affidavit said. Stacy allegedly told the woman Robert had cheated on her before and that she was "done with him."
Police also got an anonymous letter from an acquaintance of the couple who said Robert Feldman had acted odd that day after dropping their two children off at religious school and that Stacy was supposed to pick the young children up, but never showed up. Robert finally showed up late to pick up the children, after another acquaintance took them to the temple carnival.
Police also said Robert Feldman had taken out a $750,000 life insurance policy on Stacy Feldman, but there was no life insurance policy for Robert. Robert told Stacy’s family members that he was going to receive a large insurance payment, the affidavit said.
In the recording of the 911 call made by Robert Feldman police said they heard a toilet flushing and Feldman made several "guilty indicators" to dispatchers, including not appearing to be out of breath while allegedly performing CPR on his unconscious wife, the affidavit said.
Feldman was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He’s being held in the Denver jail on no bond.
Image: Robert Feldman via Denver District Attorney’s Office