Man charged in wifes death

“He denied it at first, then admitted it,” the sheriff added. “The case was brought to us by family members who asked us to look into it which is what we did.” Det. Lee Bridges led the investigation and information was turned over to the District Attorney’s office and then presented to the grand jury which returned the indictment. 

There are, of course, two sides in such cases, with Ashe noting “she was pitifully ill.” He added also that in cases where a terminal illness is involved, “you don’t know how many slip through the cracks.”

The sheriff praised the work of Bridges on the case. “He did a really good job on it. It was a complicated medical case.”

Mr. Vonohlen was released from the Wilson County Jail after posting a bond of $5,000. He is to appear in court on Friday, July 22.

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