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Man Arrested for Killing His Wife on Valentine's Day

Posted at 2:18 PM, Feb 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 10:03:57-05

CLEARVIEW, Okla. — On February 14, the Okemah Police Department received a call from a man who identified himself as Tommy Gouge, saying he had killed his wife.

The call came in around 4:30 p.m. on Valentine's Day. Gouge told deputies he would be out in his yard waiting for them with his kids and would be unarmed.

The Okfuskee County Sheriff and deputies responded to his home on Main Street in Clearview where he was standing in his yard with his three children, ages one to 12.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the medical examiner's office also responded to investigate the crime scene.

Sheriff Jim Rasmussen said Gouge was arrested without incident and his three children were placed in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Deputies say Gouge admitted he had been arguing with his wife about text messages he had found on her phone, which led to a fight. During the argument, he said he bludgeoned her to death.

No further information will be released pending filing of formal criminal charges by the district attorney's office.

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