Litchfield Park man accused of murder in wife's 2015 death

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Elias Udechime, 53 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Elias Udechime, 53 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Elias Udechime, 53 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Elias Udechime, 53 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (AP) -

Authorities say a Litchfield Park man has been arrested in connection with the murder of his wife two years ago.

Maricopa County Sheriff's officials announced Tuesday that 53-year-old Elias Udechime is jailed on a $500,000 bond on suspicion of second-degree murder.

[PDF: Original police report on Elias Udechime]

It's unclear Wednesday if he has an attorney yet.

Sheriff's officials say Udechime called authorities in the early morning hours of Sept. 24, 2015 to say he found his 39-year-old wife Chinonye in bed and not breathing and cold to the touch.

He also told sheriff's investigators his wife had taken medicine the night before and made suicidal thoughts.

[BOOKING PHOTO: Elias Udechime]

The county medical examiner ruled Chinonye Udechime's death was a homicide in June 2016.

Details on how the woman died weren't immediately available Wednesday.

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