Arkansas Man Accused Of Killing Wife For Turning Football Game Off TV

Tony Thomas [Lonoke County Sheriff's Office]

CARLISLE, AR — An Arkansas man fatally stabbed his wife after she changed the TV channel away from a football game he was watching, police say.

Tony Thomas, 58, of Carlisle, was charged Monday with capital murder. Investigators said he admitted killing his wife, Elke, during an argument that occurred on November 19 after she switched television channels when he briefly went outside.

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He went outside to smoke and upon returning, he discovered that Elke had changed the channel. He asked about the score, and she began yelling at him and got in his face,” Lonoke County Sheriff’s Detective Anthony Counts wrote in an affidavit.

Thomas claimed that he blacked out and woke up to find a knife in his hands and his wife dead, according to the affidavit. A man who identified himself as “Tony” called the sheriff’s office and “asked the dispatcher for a ‘meat wagon and police’ because he’d killed his wife,” Counts wrote.

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The affidavit says that blood was found on the floor, the walls, a table, and the TV in the home — and that the body was found in the backyard underneath a blanket and a tarp. It appeared as though the body had been dragged through the dining room, according to the affidavit.

A court hearing for Thomas is scheduled for January 22. His bond has been set at $1 million.

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Main photo: Tony Thomas [Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office]



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