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30.01.2009 Tragedy

Jude Agbley killed wife over alleged infidelity

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Brenda Agbley, the 40-year-old woman found strangled on her couch had received over a dozen profane text messages from her husband Jude Agbley accusing her of infidelity, police say, according to reports emerging from the US.

34-year-old Jude Agbley, a Ghanaian resident in the US was arrested Wednesday at a bus station after he has been charged by police for homicide when police found his wife strangled to death in her home at Ogden Avenue, Forest Hills Friday January 23, 2009.

The reports quoting Allegheny County police officer, Lt. Bill Palmer said, Agbley is in custody awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.

Brenda Agbley was found dead in her home when police received reports that she had failed to pick up her 7-year-old son at a bus stop after school.

The officers entered the house through a garage door and found Brenda Agbley on a couch, with a blanket pulled up to her nose, according to an affidavit. There were marks on her neck that a medical examiner's office doctor said indicated finger marks.

The boy told police he last saw his mother at 8:30 the night before. When he awoke the following morning, he was accompanied downstairs by Jude Agbley and saw his mother on the couch, wearing the same clothes she wore the night before, according to the affidavit. He tried to wake her, but could not.

“Mommy had real red lips and marks on her neck,” the boy said, according to the affidavit.

The reports quoting the Pittsburgh police, said Jude Agbley was arrested in 2003 for burglary but he never showed up for trial. An immigration agent also told county police that officials had issued a deportation order for Agbley in 2004 and that he had been a fugitive since then, according to the affidavit.

Police found the 14 messages on Brenda Agbley's phone, the affidavit states. Police described them as “accusatory and threatening in manner” and said they were sent the day before she was found dead, said the reports.