Husband claims wife was a 'voodoo priestess' - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Husband claims wife was a 'voodoo priestess'

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Firefighters battling fire at home in Norwich. (WFSB) Firefighters battling fire at home in Norwich. (WFSB)
NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

A Norwich judge set bond at $2 million Friday afternoon for 39-year-old Haitian man who was charged Thursday with murdering his pregnant wife and setting their apartment on fire.

Police said Patrick Antoine killed his wife and set their apartment on fire on Thursday morning.

A report said Antoine walked into the police station bloodied on Friday when he turned himself in to police and confessed to stabbing his wife. He is charged with capital felony murder and arson and may face up to 25 years in prison. 

His wife, Margaret Mardi, was eight months pregnant according to family members.

In a report, Antoine told police that his unborn child was not his, and his wife was a "voodoo priestess" who cast spells over Antoine.

At the Franklin Street house, Mardi's son and family members removed personal belongings. Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter, Kevin Hogan was guided through the by house by the victim's uncle. Inside, they were able to see where Antoine claims he started fires with a BIC lighter in the bathroom, living room and bedroom by igniting the curtains. 

Norwich police said Antoine stabbed the victim multiple times in the upper level apartment they shared on Franklin Street.

Firefighters were called to the scene around 11 a.m. Thursday. Mardi was found wounded and unresponsive in a room filled with flames.

Family and friends told Eyewitness News that Mardi worked as a housekeeper at Foxwoods Casino and that her husband works there too.

The Judge ordered a medical watch on the suspect before setting bond higher at $2 million.

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