An Arkansas man has admitted to killing his wife because of a dispute over their television. According to People, 58-year-old Tony Thomas of Carlisle, Arkansas murdered his wife, Elke, because she changed the channel when he was watching football.
The incident took place on November 19, 2017.
Thomas says that he went outside for a smoke and when he came back, his show was no longer on. He says that he asked her the score of the game and a fight ensued. “She began yelling at him and got in his face,” the criminal complaint alleges. “He stated he got a knife from the wall and stabbed her. He claimed he’d blacked out and then when he ‘came to,’ he was over her with a knife in his hands.”
The incident took place in the couple's living room.
Once he killed her, Thomas took the body outside and he covered it with a blanket and tarp. He called 911 and asked the dispatcher to send a “meat wagon and police” because he had killed his wife. A woman who lived with the couple and saw the incident also called authorities. When police arrived, they found the murder weapon near the body. He was allegedly found lying near the body. "He admitted to dragging her outside and calling the sheriff's office," Anthony Counts of the Lonoke County sheriff's office shared. Blood was found on the floor, the walls, on a table and the TV.
Thomas was charged on Monday with capital murder. It is unclear why authorities took this long to charge. He is currently being held in Lonoke County jail.
According to The New York Post, court records show that his bond is set at $1 million.
Disputes over the television can hint at bigger issues. According to the Hindustan Times, a similar incident took place in India just days ago. A thirtysomething man named Shankar Vishwakarma asked his wife for the remote after coming home from work. She refused and he went into the next room and hung himself. “When he asked for the TV remote, his wife refused and told him that he should take rest instead. He went into another room and hanged himself from the ceiling,” the police officer said. Following the suicide, his family said the victim was an alcoholic and often got upset over small issues.
[Lonoke County Sheriff's Office]