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A judge has denied bond for a Palm Beach Gardens man who is charged with first-degree murder of his wife.
David Arthur, 50, made his first appearance in court Wednesday morning.
Palm Beach Gardens police announced his arrest yesterday.
Kathleen Dunleavy's body was found after an early-morning fire at a home on 40th Terrace North on Tuesday, April 12.
Authorities say following an extensive investigation, it was discovered that she was brutally beaten. Investigators say they found a belt tied around the victim's neck, she had lacerations to her head.
Police also found gasoline near the body. They believe Arthur set the laundry room on fire to hide the evidence.
Police retrieved text messages he sent to his stepson and old high school girlfriend. He indicated he was in big trouble and was either going to prison or would be put to death.
Arthur told his stepson he had been thrown out the house and relapsed. In the text Arthur said he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
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