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Suburban Chicago man charged in death of wife

Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 10:20 p.m. CST

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS – A suburban Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Taft Hayden of Country Club Hills was ordered held on $600,000 bond by a judge during a hearing on Wednesday.

The 47-year-old Hayden is accused in the death of 42-year-old Mary Hayden at the couple’s home. Police said Hayden called 911 Monday to report that his wife had fallen. Because police had previously responded to domestic violence calls at the home, officers were sent to the residence along with paramedics.

Mary Hayden was dead when authorities arrived.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office ruled her death a homicide after an autopsy determined she had died of brain and head injuries caused by an assault.

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