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Police: Children home while man used dumbbell to kill wife

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Laurel man allegedly used a dumbbell to kill his wife while their three children were home, according to court documents.  

Police say none of the children saw the outburst of violence allegedly committed by 41-year-old Jason Martin against his wife Carla Dee Martin. The three children are now living with Carla Martin's parents.    

At around 11 p.m. Tuesday, officers found Carla Martin, 42, in the basement of her home on Glen Ridge Drive in Laurel with multiple facial and head injuries that were consistent with blunt force trauma. She was pronounced dead at Laurel Regional Hospital.

According to police records, Jason Martin, a mathematician at the National Security Agency, admitted to a neighbor that "he thought he killed he wife" Carla Dee Martin and "admitted to using a dumbbell".

Police: Man kills his wife in their Laurel home

Jason Martin was found wearing a white t-shirt spotted with a blood, police say. Investigators also discovered a blood-covered dumbbell at the scene. 

In court Thursday, a public defender said Martin is working on his doctorate degree in mathematics from Cornell University and recently taught math at James Madison University. The public defender also said his client has no criminal record.

Martin has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault in connection to Martin's death. He was released Thursday evening on $500,000 bond.

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