Jay County man charged with murder in wife’s fatal stabbing

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JAY COUNTY (March 19, 2015) – A Jay County man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of his wife.

The Jay County Major Crimes Task Force investigated the stabbing, which happened Wednesday at 719 S. Shank St. in Portland, Ind. Connie Straley, 58, was found suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was taken to Jay County Hospital where she later died.

Her husband, Richard Straley, 54, was arrested and charged with murder. According to Jay County Prosecutor Wes Schemenaur, Straley is a habitual offender with two prior unrelated felony convictions.

Straley was taken to the Jay County Security Center. No bond was set.

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