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Cola Winbone Beale charged with killing wife inside their Gaithersburg home

A Montgomery County man has been arrested in Norfolk, Va., where police say he fled after killing his wife inside their Gaithersburg home over the weekend.

Cola Winbone Beale, 51, is being held in Norfolk, awaiting extradition. He faces murder charges in the death of his wife, June Carlita Beale, police said Monday.

Just before 10:30 a.m. Sunday, a parishioner of a church that the couple attended called police to report he had heard from Cola Beale, who had called to say he had killed his wife inside their home, in the 18300 block of Hallmark Court, according to police.

Officers went to the home, forced their way inside, and found June Carlita Beale dead with trauma to her body.

Police spoke to Cola Beale on his mobile phone, who told them he was at a specific place in Norfolk. The officers called their counterparts in Norfolk, who took Cola Beale “into custody without incident” on Sunday, police said.

The body of June Carlita Beale has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Police said that anyone with information about the case can call 240-773-5070.

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Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.



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