Ex USVI police captain accused of killing wife

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Associated Press

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Updated Saturday, May 3 at 10:33 AM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — A former police captain in the U.S. Virgin Islands has been charged with second-degree murder in the killing of his wife.

Authorities said 51-year-old Enrique Saldana called 911 on Friday and said he was at the beach with his wife when she collapsed and stopped breathing.

Police said late Friday that 43-year-old Jeanette Magras Saldana had bruises all over her body and that it appeared she had died hours before the emergency call was made.

An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death, authorities said.

Saldana is being held on $500,000 bond. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Saldana previously was sentenced in February 2011 to more than three years in prison after being convicted of participating in an extortion conspiracy. He and another high-ranking police officer had seized a rental car in December 2008 and confiscated items inside, including a kilogram of an unidentified controlled substance.

They also were accused of demanding $10,000 from the person who rented the car in exchange for not turning in the substance. Authorities say the person paid half the amount and the officers returned all items except the substance.

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