Deputies: Man staged wife's murder as a suicide

10:14 PM, Sep 14, 2012   |    comments
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Valrico, Florida -- Hillsborough deputies say the evidence didn't add up when a man claimed his wife hanged herself earlier this year.

Now 39-year-old Colin Maloney is under arrest, facing second degree murder charges.

Investigators say in the morning hours of March 18, Maloney called 911 saying he needed medical assistance for his wife, Felicia.

"She is non-responsive. Her jaw is clenched and she's a little blue," Maloney told the dispatcher. "She was in the shower. I came into the bedroom, she is barely breathing and I'm performing CPR."

At no time during the call did Maloney say he found his wife had hanged herself with an electrical cord from the upper support bed board, deputies say.

EMS arrived to begin treating Felicia, and deputies arrived to investigate. As EMS performed advanced life support, they noticed several ligature marks around the woman's neck. As EMS took Felicia to an ambulance, several deputies remained inside with Maloney and his 8-year-old son.

A deputy saw the child playing with a white extension cord.

"Did you see what my kid is doing?" Maloney allegedly asked, going over and taking the cord. "You see this? This is what she used to hang herself."

However, deputies say Maloney's statements did not match the physical evidence at the scene.

Felicia Maloney was pronounced dead and during the autopsy, the Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be ligature strangulation. But the ligature marks around the victim's neck were horizontal, which authorities say is inconsistent with marks that would have been made by a suicide by hanging.

The Medical Examiner ruled Felicia Maloney's death was in fact, a homicide.

On Friday, a warrant was issued for Colin Maloney's arrest, and he was taken into custody without incident.

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