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Woman Surrenders in Husband’s Slaying

September 8, 1994

WILTON, Conn. (AP) _ A high school Latin and Spanish teacher was charged with murder after admitting she beat her husband to death with a candlestick during a furious argument.

Marilyn Kennelly, 61, surrendered to police Wednesday.

Mrs. Kennelly told officers and medics responding to her 911 call on Aug. 29 that she had hit her husband over the head with a glass candlestick holder and kicked him during an argument, said police Capt. Ronald Beliveau.

Francis J. Kennelly, 61, died the next morning at Norwalk Hospital of a ruptured spleen and internal bleeding.

The slaying stunned Wilton, a sleepy town that hadn’t had a murder since 1985.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Mrs. Kennelly on Friday, but allowed her to remain free to attend her husband’s funeral that same day. She was not considered a flight risk, authorities said.

She was released on bond Wednesday.

Her attorney, Eugene Riccio, would not discuss what Mrs. Kennelly allegedly told police, but he said she is innocent.

″I think as time goes by the situation will become more apparent,″ he said.

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