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Mugshot of Jonathan David Conaway (Source: MCSO)

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5)-- A husband has been arrested after allegedly killing his wife in north Phoenix.

Phoenix police said officers responded to a home near 16th Street and Union Hills Drive for unknown trouble, just after 9 a.m. on Monday.

According to court documents, officers received a call from 45-year-old Jonathan Conaway. He told a dispatcher that his wife was dead inside the house.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found Jonathan sitting in a chair by his front door.

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When officers entered the home, they found a woman lying on the living room couch with traumatic injuries.

Officers also found a wrench and a belt lying on the floor. 

The victim, later identified as Janice Conaway, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Officers then transported Jonathan to police headquarters for questioning. 

Jonathan told officers that he and Janice had been married for 14 years, and they were dealing with some personal and financial problems. 

According to court documents, the problems became worse when Janice suffered a stroke and Jonathan had to take care of her.

Jonathan told officers that the medical debt and his recent job losses made him feel like a failure. He also viewed Janice "as a burden."

Court documents revealed that the suspect had been thinking about killing Janice as a "solution" to his ongoing problems. 

Jonathan admitted that he waited until Monday to do the killing as the couple's two sons, who police say are between 9 and 14 years old, were at school and they were home alone. 

On Monday, police said that Jonathan used a wrench and struck Janice in the head.

He then used a belt to strangle her with the intention of killing her, according to court documents. 

Jonathan told officers that he confirmed Janice was dead by "shining a light in her eyes", before he contacted police. 

Police later arrested Jonathan.

He was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail with a count of first-degree murder. 

Neighbors say the family lived in the home for about two years.

"My condolences go out to the family when they're located and to the children who need extra love and support this holiday season," said one neighbor who didn't want to give her name.

"It's unimaginable," said Philip Adams, who lives a nearby. "They lose mom, they lose dad, nothing left and this happens the week before Christmas."

 "It's incredibly sad," he added. "Your heart goes out to the kids because it's mom and dad make their own choices, but kids didn't make this choice."

Sgt. Fortune explained the Department of Child Safety was notified, but couldn't confirm if the kids were in DCS custody.

 


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