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California suspect surrenders in death of Brandon woman


Published:   |   Updated: January 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM

A California man who was sought in the death of his wife turned himself in Saturday at a Tampa FBI office, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said, ending a nationwide manhunt.

Edly Albert Atherley, 29, was wanted on a federal arrest warrant connected to the murder of his wife, Ashley, in San Bernardino, Calif.

FBI agents booked Atherley into the Orient Road Jail in Hillsborough County where he will remain until he can be is extradited to California, deputies said.

San Bernardino police said Atherley was spotted by an officer last month but fled before he could be taken into custody, The Sun newspaper in San Bernardino reported.

The suspect, 29, met his estranged wife for lunch the Friday after Thanksgiving and she never returned to work. Her body was found two days later in his home, beaten and stabbed to death. Ashley Atherley was 28.

Lucia Robles said her daughter moved to San Bernardino just before Christmas 2012 after her husband said his employer, Bank of America, transferred him there. In reality, Robles said, he went there only for an interview and did not get the job he wanted.

Ashley Atherley had just received her associate degree and had enrolled for classes at the University of South Florida when her husband talked her into leaving for California, Robles said.

The couple married in June 2008, but by the end of November, he was arrested on a domestic violence charge, records show. The charged was dropped after Ashley Atherley refused to pursue charges, Robles said.

Her daughter, who grew up in Brandon and is a graduate of Bloomingdale High School, was reluctant to admit violence in the marriage, Robles said. She would say he would “break things” but that he never harmed her.

Recently, she left him and moved to Los Angeles, Robles said, finally admitting he had tried to strangle her. The police were never called because of the couple’s two daughters, 5 and 2, who were not in the home when the homicide occurred.

Robles is trying to get custody of her grandchildren, who are in state custody.

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