Police: Man Killed Wife For Changing Channel On Football Game

When police arrived at the scene, they found a bloodbath in the living room.

Man Killed Wife Football

Fox NewsTony Thomas, who killed his wife for turning off his football game.

An Arkansas man was charged with capital murder Monday, after being arrested in November for killing his wife.

Investigators say that Tony Thomas of Carlisle, Ark., fatally stabbed his wife, Elke, during an argument on Nov. 19, 2017. The disagreement began when Elke changed the channel, turning off the football game that Thomas had been watching.

“He went outside to smoke and upon returning, he discovered that Elke had changed the channel,” an affidavit from Detective Anthony Counts from the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office read. “He asked about the score and she began yelling at him and got in his face.”

It is still unknown what game Thomas was so upset about missing, though there were 12 games broadcast throughout the day on Nov. 19.

In the affidavit, investigators say that Thomas claims to have “blacked out,” and came to, to find himself standing over his wife’s body with a knife in his hands. Another woman who was in the house at the time had reported the stabbing, and deputies were already on their way to the home when Thomas called the sheriff’s department.

He “asked the dispatcher for a ‘meat wagon and police’ because he’d killed his wife,” according to the sheriff’s office.

When police arrived at the scene, they found a bloodbath in the living room. There was blood on the walls, the floor, the table, and the television. Investigators speculated that the woman’s body had been stabbed in the living room, before being dragged through the dining room and out onto the back deck. The body was found outside on the deck, hidden beneath a blanket and a tarp.

Thomas was arrested after the police searched the home, and has been in jail ever since. On Monday, he was charged with capital murder, with a bond set at $1 million, as the courts deemed him a “habitual offender” due to prior felony convictions. His hearing is set for Jan. 22.


Next, read about the man who killed his wife on a cruise ship because she wouldn’t stop laughing at him. Then, read about the boy who killed himself as part of the blue whale challenge.

Katie Serena
Katie Serena is a New York City-based writer and a writing fellow at All That Is Interesting.
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