UPDATE 8:24 a.m Thursday.
Kim Ellis with the Pocatello Police Department says no charges have been filed as of this morning against Michael Lane Sparks pending word from the Bannock County Prosecutor's Office. He adds that Sparks should be removed from the Intensive Care Unit of Portneuf Medical Center soon and officers will be able to interview him about the incident.
POCATELLO — Police suspect a Pocatello man with a history of domestic violence arrests murdered his 41-year-old wife Monday night inside her Old Town home.
Neighbors said police responded shortly after 11 p.m. to 930 W. Center St., where Judith Rachel Johnson was killed.
Prosecutors have confirmed the suspect is Michael Lane Sparks, who is in the care of Portneuf Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon.
“No charges have been filed at this point pending the investigation,” said Assistant Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Cleve Colson.
Pocatello police spokesman Kim Ellis said Sparks allegedly fled the murder scene and was subsequently involved in a single-vehicle rollover accident on Buckskin Road in Bannock County. He was transported to PMC with multiple injuries.
Ellis declined to release Johnson’s cause of death or other details, pending investigation. According to Ellis, the couple had been together for an extended period of time and had been married for about a year.
Read the entire story in today's Idaho State Journal.