BOSTON (WHDH) - Lawyers for the husband of a Massachusetts woman who has been missing since New Year’s Day were back in court Tuesday for a hearing related to fraud charges stemming from allegations their client sold two fake Andy Warhol paintings. 

Walshe, who waived his appearance at this week’s hearing, pleaded guilty two years ago to charges of wire fraud and selling counterfeit Andy Warhol art to a Los Angeles art dealer.

In court on Tuesday, both sides said they needed a little more time to work out an agreement because new charges against Walshe have made things more complicated. 

Walshe, 47, has been charged with first-degree murder as well as misleading a police investigation/obstruction of justice and improper conveyance of a human body in connection with his wife’s disappearance.

Walshe is accused of killing his wife, Ana Walshe, dismembering her and disposing of her body. A judge has ordered that he be held without bail.

Ana Walshe, 39, a mother of three who is originally from Serbia, was last seen early Jan. 1 following a New Year’s Eve dinner at her Massachusetts home with her husband and a family friend, prosecutors said.

Brian Walshe said she was called back to Washington on New Year’s Day for a work emergency. He didn’t contact her employer until Jan. 4, saying she was missing. The company — the first to notify police Ana Walshe was missing — said there was no emergency, prosecutors said.

The judge in the art fraud case has given both sides until October to sort things out.

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