Former Florida psychologist arrested on felony murder charge
The Florida State Department of Law Enforcement announced Wednesday that former psychologist Jacksonville Florida, was arrested on a felony murder count for the 2014 death of his wife, Marilyn, who was the subject of a long-running child abuse investigation.
Jacksonville police said that in June of 2014, Marilyn died after she was struck by a car while driving to work at her home.
The vehicle struck her head on a driveway, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jackstonville Police Sgt. Jason Stegall said the investigation was ongoing at the time, but that Marilyn was a patient of the Stegalls, a private family practice.
Stegall told ABC News that Marilyn died as a result of an “unexpected and untimely death.”
Jackson County Sheriff Mark W. McPherson told ABC affiliate WFTV that the couple were estranged, and the investigation into the death began as early as the fall of 2014.
“The family has been very cooperative, and there is no reason to believe they are anything other than that,” McPhersons wife, Patricia, told WFTS in an interview last year.
The couple has four children.
McPhersson told WFSB that he did not know whether Marilyn was in the car with Jackson at the start of the crash.
Jackson told police he was not in the driver’s seat and had just gotten out of his car.
The Stegals say that the car was not stolen.
McKenna said the couple have been together for 15 years.
She did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.ABC News’ Mark D. Lee, Laura Stiles, Michael D’Antonio, Lauren Wills, Matthew T. Calkins, and Mark Rabin contributed to this report.