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Fitzgerald woman arrested for husband's death

Melissa Kay Stuckert was denied bond (Ben Hill Co. Sheriff) Melissa Kay Stuckert was denied bond (Ben Hill Co. Sheriff)
Robert Stuckert was 71 when he died at his home on West Chattahoochee Street Robert Stuckert was 71 when he died at his home on West Chattahoochee Street
FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) -

Melissa Kay Stuckert is in the Ben Hill County jail, in connection with the death of her husband, who died in December of 2013.

Robert Stuckert, was 71 when he died at his home on West Chattahoochee Street in Fitzgerald.

Police say that he suffered from medical conditions that left him unable to take care of himself. He lived at the residence with his wife, Melissa Kay Stuckert, and two children.

The death was ruled as natural causes at the time. But in July 2015, Major Patrick Hogan of the Ben Hill County Sheriff’s Office got a tip that Stuckert's death was not natural, but that he died from suffocation, and Hogan began a homicide investigation.

Evidence showed probable cause to arrest his wife, Melissa Kay Stuckert, who was 35 at the time of his death. She has been incarcerated in the Ben Hill County Jail since June 18, on Felony Probation Charges.

She was served on Monday with a warrant for Felony Murder. She had her first appearance hearing on Sept. 1, 2015 and was bound over to Ben Hill County Superior Court on the murder charge, without bond.

Investigation of this case is still underway.

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