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*Hercules Man Accused Of Killing Wife Allegedly Had History Of Abusing Her

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A Hercules man who allegedly murdered his wife inside their home Thursday morning is believed to have abused the victim in the past, according to Hercules police Chief Fred Deltorchio. Police received a call at about 10 a.m. reporting an unconscious woman inside a home on Ivy Bay in the city’s Victoria by the Bay neighborhood, Hercules spokeswoman Michelle Harrington said.Family members had gone to the house that morning and discovered 43-year-old Wyander Ricketts dead in the stairwell and her husband, 56-year-old Norman McGinnis, drunk inside the home, Deltorchio said.McGinnis was in the entryway of the house receiving help from family members when police arrived.Ricketts appeared to have sustained a blunt force injury to her head and had been dead for at least several hours, Deltorchio said.Officers took McGinnis to the police station and waited for him to sober up so they could talk to him, but according to Deltorchio, he declined to give a statement. He was later booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of murder. His bail has been set at more than $4 million, according to a county jail official.The couple had been married for a little more than a year, Deltorchio said. They both had adult children from previous marriages, but did not have any children together.Police had been called to the home in January to respond to a report of a domestic disturbance. At that time, Ricketts asked police to stand by while she went inside to get some belongings, but said she did not wish to press criminal charges or get a restraining order against McGinnis, Deltorchio said. Investigators have evidence to suggest that domestic violence in the relationship had gone unchecked for some time, Deltorchio said.There is, however, no record of any criminal charges being filed against McGinnis in Contra Costa County Superior Court, according to a court clerk.Police plan to take the case to the district attorney’s office Monday to file charges against McGinnis.The killing is the city’s first homicide since 2004,according to Harrington.

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