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Man who allegedly confessed to killing wife by calling TV station moved from hospital to jail

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on March 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
March 17, 2013 6:51 pm

The estranged husband of a Spanaway woman found dead in a Tacoma motel room early Thursday was moved from the hospital to the Pierce County Jail today, jail records show.

Tony Barrett, 42, was taken to the hospital following his arrest Thursday. He allegedly confessed to killing his wife in a call to a Seattle television station.

His hospital stay was for a medical condition that wasn’t related to the dog bites he suffered while struggling with authorities during his arrest, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Troyer said he couldn’t discuss Barrett’s medical condition, citing federal privacy law.

Detectives said Tony Barrett called KOMO News Wednesday night to say that he killed his wife. He was arrested after a roughly 14-minute pursuit by Tacoma police that ended when officers popped his tires with a spike strip near Gig Harbor.

Sara Barrett’s body was found in a motel in the 1800 block of South 76th Street. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday that she had died of asphyxiation.

Prosecutors said Tony Barrett will likely be charged in her death Monday.

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