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UPDATED: New Milford man turns himself in on manslaughter charge

A New Milford man has turned himself into Police on a manslaughter charge.  According to the Republican American Newspaper, 37-year old Josh Hilliard is accused of beating his 36-year-old wife to death with a hammer during a fight over infidelity.  The couple have two children.

According to the arrest warrant Hilliard called 911 about 20 minutes after video recording Jessica Hilliard's final breaths and can be heard saying “What did you do to yourself?”

The published report says Josh Hilliard claimed his wife smoked hump nugs, that her found her on the floor and that she previously attempted suicide. He later reportedly admitted to having a fight, taking her phone and that they struggled when she came after him with a hammer.  There was no evidence of illegal drugs in her system. 

An autopsy determined the death was a homicide. The injuries were not definitively linked to the hammer.

The Republican American reports that one of the couple’s two children told police she had overheard an argument about infidelity, that her her father took the phone and looked at her Snapshot. The girl reportedly told police she heard three loud thuds and then saw her father standing over her mother.

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