Police have arrested a Maine man after the state's first homicide of this year.
Forty-year-old Frederick Allen Jr. appeared in court in Bangor Friday afternoon after being accused of killing his wife, 37-year-old Anielka Allen, on Thursday.
Maine State Police say the murder happened in a home on North Street in Newport, a small town 30 minutes west of Bangor.
"We've lived here many years and nothing like this has ever happened," said a woman who lives a few houses away from the crime scene.
Friday, investigators remained there gathering evidence in the domestic violence case.
"They've always been quiet people," the neighbor said. "I've never heard any disturbance from them."
Newport Police say they have responded to the home twice, though not recently.
Two separate calls one in 2010 and 2013 did not result in any charges.
Court paperwork filed in the past month or so shows Anielka Allen had filed for divorce from her husband and listed a separate address for him.
However, a handwritten note that was included in the documents shows Anielka Allen dismissed the filing because the couple had sought counseling.
In court Friday afternoon, a judge ordered Frederick Allen to be held without bail.
An autopsy was conducted on the victim's body, but the medical examiner would not confirm details of findings to NECN Friday afternoon.