Wayne County man was a questioned in the death of his wife during 2015.
LYONS — The Wayne County man, previously named as a person of interest in the case involving the homicide of his estranged wife, was in court Thursday, where he was arraigned on charges of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.
Thomas Rouland pleaded not guilty to the charges before Wayne County Judge John Nesbitt released the 39-year-old on his own recognizance.
Rouland is accused of breaking into his old home during May, where he allegedly cut an electric cable and then snuck under the home to remove it.
The case is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 13, according to Wayne County Assistant District Attorney Christopher Bokelman.
Rouland was first in the news when he reported his estranged wife, Kimberly Rouland, missing during February 2015, which led to an extensive search for the woman.
About a month later, as the snow began to melt, the 33-year-old’s naked body was discovered on the side of the road in the town of Arcadia, not far from the home she shared with Thomas Rouland. Last January, her death was ruled a homicide.
Kimberly Rouland was not poisoned, strangled, shot or stabbed, and her body showed no signs of blunt-force trauma, District Attorney Rick Healy said shortly after the homicide ruling was made.
Thomas Rouland underwent routine questioning by police both before and after the body was found, but he was never charged.
“They have been investigating Tom now for the better part of a year, including multiple search warrants, confiscation of all his electronic devices, surveillance and eavesdropping,” said Thomas Rouland’s attorney, Wayne County First Assistant Public Defender Andrew Correia, last January. “Despite going through all that investigation he appropriately remains uncharged with anything having to do with Kim’s disappearance and death.”
Bokelman mentioned in a Friday email discussing Thomas Rouland's latest charges that the Kimberly Rouland homicide investigation is open and ongoing.
Also last January, Thomas Rouland again found himself in the news when he was charged with raping a 33-year-old woman.
However, that charge was thrown out in Wayne County Court after the alleged victim suffered a stress-induced seizure during a hearing that was intended to establish if there was enough evidence to keep him incarcerated on the charge. Judge Arthur Williams determined during the hearing that Thomas Rouland's bail for the crime would be lifted due to insufficient evidence produced during the alleged victim's brief testimony.
Daily Messenger news partner News 10NBC contributed to this report.