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Police arrest wife in doctor's slaying

Police have arrested the wife of a slain plastic surgeon, saying she fired a single shot into his head as he spoke on a mobile phone to his mistress.

Clotilde Estela Menna, 57, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 21 death of Dr. Glauco Menna. Police originally had said the 63-year-old doctor could have been slain by one of several patients who suffered botched operations.

But Mrs. Menna became a suspect almost immediately after the shooting when witnesses told police that the doctor was shot by a tall red-haired woman driving a white Cadillac.

Police stopped her a short time later on an expressway driving such a car. Police say she told officers she was heading to her husband's office, but that was 7 miles in the opposite direction. She refused to be tested for gunshot residue, police said.

A police search of the couple's home Tuesday recovered several .357-caliber bullet casings. The couple's 28-year-old son, Max, told detectives he gave his father a .357-caliber handgun a few years ago and that it was normally kept in a nightstand in his parents' bedroom. But the gun has not been located.

In an affidavit and interviews, police gave this account of the doctor's slaying:

Estela Menna drove to her husband's office to check whether he was meeting with another woman. She confronted him in the parking lot and an argument ensued.

Menna then called his mistress _ identified by police only as "Ms. Graham" _ who was heading to the office. He told her to return home because he was fighting with his wife.

Mrs. Menna went to the doctor's car, retrieved his gun from beneath the driver's seat. As the doctor spoke to Graham, police say his wife shot him behind the left ear, killing him instantly.

Squid found in Florida

going to Smithsonian

JACKSONVILLE _ A giant squid is being donated to the Smithsonian Institution, six years after it washed ashore on a Florida beach.

Roger Lloyd, a zoology professor at Florida Community College at Jacksonville, plans to ship the 3-foot, 9{-pound squid to the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History in Washington in March.

"We're just absolutely thrilled that Dr. Lloyd is making this available to us," said Clyde Roper, a Smithsonian zoologist and one of the world's top squid experts.

Lloyd has kept the squid since 1994 when it was found by then 11-year-old Matt Strate as he biked on Atlantic Beach. Lloyd, who has kept the squid in a sealed trash can filled with alcohol, has been trying unsuccessfully to identify its species.

"It looks a lot like a bat ray or an F-18 stealth fighter," Lloyd said.

If it is a new species, Lloyd and Strate will help name it.

Strate, now a 17-year-old high school junior whose father operates a sport fishing boat, said he was stunned when he first saw the squid. Most squids off the Jacksonville coast are 6 to 12 inches long.

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