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A Texas Man Said His Wife Went to New York for an Acting Gig. He's Now Accused of Her Murder.

Texas Woman Allegedly Found Dead, Husband Arrested: Police
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James Barker accused of killing his wife after police conduct welfare check and find her body.

Mar. 9 2024, Published 1:11 p.m. ET

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Police said a Texas woman was found dead in her home, and now her husband has been arrested in connection with her murder.

Around 3:30 p.m. on March 5, officers located the body of Mary Barker in the bathroom of her home in Ballinger, according to KTXS.

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Lieutenant Stanley Maresch told the media outlet that family members had called authorities to perform a welfare check because “they hadn’t heard from their mom in around three weeks.”

Barker lived at the home in Ballinger with her husband, James Barker, officials said.

James Barker reportedly told police that his wife “went to New York on an acting gig.”

“That kind of led to our suspicions," Lt. Maresch told KTXS. "Through investigation speaking with the husband and he confessed that he killed her."

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James Barker was arrested and charged with murder, authorities said.

Authorities did not provide a motive for the murder, and the investigation is ongoing.

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