INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP (AP) — A 32-year-old Detroit-area man accused of killing his wife and dog with a baseball bat while the couple’s children were in other parts of their home has been charged with first-degree murder and animal cruelty.
Joseph Mauti was arraigned Monday in Clarkston District Court and jailed without bond until a June 10 court appearance. It’s unknown if he has a lawyer.READ MORE: Meet These Two Bear Cubs Who Have Become Inseparable At The Detroit Zoo
The Oakland County sheriff’s department says deputies investigating a welfare complaint found 30-year-old Lindsey Mauti dead on the floor of her garage in Independence Township. The dog’s body was nearby.
Deputies found her husband, 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter inside the house.READ MORE: Delta Wants Other Airlines To Share ‘No-Fly’ Lists To Help Stop Unruly Passengers
The Detroit News says Joseph Mauti is a parolee for a 2014 domestic violence conviction.
Lindsey Mauti’s funeral is Wednesday at First Congregational Church of Clarkston.
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