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Man allegedly killed wife and then reported her missing. Now he's in cuffs.

man allegedly killed his wife then reported her missing now charged with her murder
Source: Cheshire Correctional Institution, Mega

Dec. 16 2021, Published 12:24 p.m. ET

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A 23-year-old Connecticut man allegedly killed his wife and then dumped her body in the woods before reporting her missing to police. Now, cops say he has been charged with her murder.

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Police spoke with Tahj Hutchinson, 23, on May 21, the day after his wife’s body was found in East Hartford, Connecticut, officials said.

At that time, Hutchinson said he and Jessica Edwards, 30, were arguing all day on May 8. That argument turned physical on May 9 and at some point, he said he pushed Edwards and she hit her head on something, which caused her ear to bleed, the Journal Inquirer reported.

Edwards left their home that night to go pick up their son from her mother’s house, but the argument continued when she got back, police said.

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On May 10, the fighting continued and Hutchinson said Edwards hit him in the head with a laptop and grabbed a kitchen knife. They wrestled over the knife before Hutchinson said he pinned her on the living room floor, according to the Journal Inquirer.

According to authorities, the couple struggled, but Hutchinson flipped Edwards over onto her stomach and knelt on her back and neck area, holding her down. Edwards eventually stopped moving, so he got up and took care of their son.

He claimed when he came back to the living room, he saw Edwards was not moving or responding and then realized she was dead, officials said.

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Hutchinson left her on the floor and took care of their son as the day went on. During that time, Edwards’ family was calling trying to find her, police said.

Later on, Hutchinson said he backed his SUV up to the door and loaded her body into it. He said he went to a “random GPS” location, dragged her body into the woods and then drove to the police station to report her missing, the Journal Inquirer stated.

Authorities said Edwards’ body was found on the morning of May 21.

Hutchinson was originally arrested and charged with first-degree manslaughter. However, Hartford Superior Court prosecutors filed to upgrade the charge against him to first-degree murder. He also faces new charges of risk of injury to a child and evidence tampering, police said.

He was booked into the Cheshire Correctional Institution and remains there in lieu of $1.5 million bond, authorities said. He is scheduled to be in court again on Dec. 20.

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