A court official Wednesday denied bond to a woman charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of her husband, a Persian Gulf war veteran originally portrayed as a victim of senseless street violence.

Toni Riggs, 21, who wept over the body of Army Spec. Anthony Riggs at a funeral seen on network news last Saturday, was to appear for preliminary hearing April 5 with her brother, Michael Cato. Cato, 19, was arraigned Tuesday on the murder count and a felony firearms charge.Riggs, dressed all in black, stood silently before 36th District Court Magistrate Robert K. Costello as he advised her that conviction of first degree murder carries a mandatory penalty of life imprisonment without parole.

Cato was arrested Sunday, and Riggs turned herself in late Tuesday.