The former head of Ono Cable and the Wananchi Group has been released in KES 2 million bail (€20,000).
Richard Alden denies killing 42-year old Grace Wangeci at his house in the suburbs of Nairobi on June 4.
Alden’s original lawyer had claimed the businesswoman had died after allegedly taking selfies with a gun, but the story was rejected and the communications executive was charged with murder.
He faces a second charge of possessing a firearm without a certificate.
A statement released by Alden’s family said: “Richard is a proud husband and father, loved very much by his family and well respected by his colleagues. Richard is a good man who made Kenya his home, learning Swahili and actively participating in a multitude of philanthropic activities including sponsorship of and collaboration with Sports 4 Change, a programme that supports homeless and unemployed young people.
“The death of is a tragedy and we express our deepest condolences to her family. However, Richard is innocent of these charges and we stand behind him all the way. As a family, we are united in our mission to clear his name and help him build a strong defence.”