A Visalia man who was already serving a prison sentence will be charged in connection his wife’s 2006 death, police Sgt. Damon Maurice said Wednesday.
Sonia Hughes went missing in September 2006 after an argument with her husband Joseph Hughes, according to police. The two left their home in the 100 block of North Granite Street, and that was the last time Sonia Hughes was seen alive.
Her body was found Nov. 25, 2006 on a canal bank east of Akers Street and north of Hillsdale Avenue. Police say she had been strangled.
Joseph Hughes had been a suspect from early on in the investigation, Maurice said. Eleven years later, police have enough evidence including witness interviews to charge Hughes with the death of his wife, Maurice said.
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A warrant was issued on Nov. 1 for the arrest of Joseph Hughes. On Tuesday, he was brought from state prison, where he was serving a sentence for an unrelated charge, to the Tulare County Pre-Trial facility.