Daniel O. Mauldin, 36, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Tara Mauldin, 30. Judge Dan Imhof found probable cause Wednesday to move Daniel Mauldin’s case toward trial.
Police say Mauldin called his mother and told her that he had found his wife’s body, and that led police to discover her at a home at 1619 S. Kentwood Ave.
Police said Tara Mauldin was “obviously deceased” and had injuries indicating she was the victim of a physical assault.
Police also found blood in several locations in the house.
Daniel Mauldin told detectives he and Tara were having sex which included “choking, punching and kicking,” according to Det. Brian Smith, the lead investigator on the case.
Smith testified Wednesday that Mauldin described, in length, the acts the day of Tara’s death, but that some details would change as he told the story multiple times.
Det. Neal McAmis testified that Mauldin told him he’d left the house to walk the dogs for 45 minutes, then stayed outside with the dogs for a couple of hours before going in and finding Tara Mauldin.
Police say Daniel Mauldin cleaned up the house and packed a bag “to run.”
Court documents say Mauldin told detectives he believes someone came to the house and “finished her off.”
Mauldin has a previous conviction for assaulting a woman in Fair Grove in 2010.