VALRICO — Deputies arrested a man Friday accused of strangling his wife with an electrical cord earlier this year.
Colin Joseph Maloney, 39, called 911 on March 18 and told a dispatcher he had found his wife, Felicia, unconscious in the bathroom of their Valrico home. "She is non-responsive, her jaw is clenched and she's a little blue," Maloney told a dispatcher.
When paramedics arrived at the home at 3413 Pearson Road, they performed CPR for about 20 minutes. Inside an ambulance, they saw marks around Felicia Maloney's neck.
Two deputies stayed inside the home with Maloney and his 8-year-old son when the boy took a white cord out of a trash can. When Maloney saw his son playing with the cord, he told deputies his 38-year-old wife used it to hang herself on their bed board. He had not mentioned that detail when he called 911.
The medical examiner's office determined the cause of death was strangulation. Horizontal marks were found along Felicia Maloney's neck, which are not consistent with the story Maloney told deputies, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.
Felicia Maloney's death was ruled a homicide. A forensic specialist determined it was "extremely unlikely" that Felicia Maloney could hang herself with the cord from the bed board, deputies said.
Maloney was arrested at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Valrico and charged with second-degree felony murder.
Maloney was booked into the Hillsborough County jail and is being held without bail.