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Doctor Charged With Murder Of Wife Found Dead In Car Crash

March 9, 1985

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A cardiologist has been charged with murdering his wife, whose body was found in a car that had crashed into a utility pole.

Investigators said Catherine Manfredi, 33, was killed before the accident by repeated blows to the head with a blunt instrument.

Dr. Russell Manfredi, 32, was being held in lieu of $200,000 bond pending arraignment Monday, said police officer Hugh Pisko.

Manfredi, a cardiologist at Hartford Hospital’s cardiology catheterization laboratory, was arrested shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

His wife was found dead early Friday by police called to the scene of an automobile accident.

West Hartford Police Chief Francis Reynolds and Hartford State’s Attorney John M. Bailey said at a news conference Saturday that they could give only limited details of what led to Manfredi’s arrest in order to ″ensure that his constitutional rights are protected.

″Therefore, we are not at liberty to comment on any alleged motive, any weapon which might have been involved or any part of the investigation still under way,″ they said in a joint statement.

Nancy Hayes, a neighbor, said the couple and their three young sons moved to West Hartford about 11/2 years ago. Police said the children were staying with relatives.

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