Bond Denied for Man Who Killed Wife


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A judge has denied bond for a West Virginia man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife.

News outlets report bond was denied Monday for 40-year-old James Michael Kiser, who authorities say has confessed to killing Crystal Dawn Kiser. Kanawha County deputies say James Kiser led them to Crystal Kiser’s body, which was buried in a shallow grave.

Prosecutor Don Morris says Crystal Kiser wanted a divorce and was staying with her grandmother. He says surveillance video shows James Kiser repeatedly driving past the home on the day of the August slaying.

For years, Crystal Kiser filed domestic violence petitions against James Kiser. A 1998 domestic violence conviction barred him from owning a gun, but authorities say he later lied when buying one.

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