Sherman man accused of killing husband arraigned at hospital

March 22, 2019

SHERMAN - A 65-year-old man accused of killing his husband in their hilltop farmhouse was arraigned at Waterbury Hospital on a murder charge Friday, prosecutors said.

James Maharg, who was being held on $2 million bail and faces an additional charge of tampering with evidence, initially told state police that his husband had “fallen and struck his head on the countertop,” according to a police document.

His 63-year-old husband, Thomas Conley, had “chop wounds to the head,” according to the state chief medical examiner’s office, which performed the autopsy.

State police are not allowed by law to release the name of the man because he is the victim of domestic violence, Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky said.

For the same reason, the arrest warrant is sealed, Sedensky said. Details about the Wednesday night incident were not immediately available, except that Maharg called 911 shortly after 2 a.m. to say that his husband had fallen and struck his head.

While the small rural town of Sherman was buzzing with positive words Friday about the highly-visible couple, who could be seen daily in town at the bank or at the market, those who knew the couple best said they had seen a change in their relationship, which had grown tense in recent months.

“The madness that fueled this murder was caused by several forces, but the driving force was alcohol,” said Don Lowe, the First Selectman of Sherman. “This is certainly something that many people in the town recognized.”

State police would not comment on the investigation except to say that troopers found a dead man in the home, and “due to several suspicious circumstances,” called the Western District Crime Squad and the Danbury State’s Attorney office to come to the home.

After police were given a warrant, they arrested Maharg on Thursday.

Details were not available about Maharg’s condition at Waterbury Hospital, where he was in police custody on Friday.

Staff Writer Kendra Baker contributed to this article.

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