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Police say man killed wife, staged accident

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A jealous husband killed his wife by smashing her head on the garage floor of their mansion, then staged a car wreck to try to make her death look like an accident, authorities say.

Jonathan Nyce, 54, a former pharmaceutical researcher, remained jailed Wednesday on $1 million bond. He has pleaded innocent to first-degree murder.

Speaking in court against the advice of his attorney and the judge, Nyce insisted his wife's death was "a pure accident."

The body of 34-year-old Michelle Nyce was found in her Toyota Land Cruiser after the sport utility vehicle went over a snowy embankment and into a creek.