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A man accused of killing his wife waived his preliminary hearing in York County Juvenile and Domestic Court on Thursday.
Mark A. Freel Jr. had one count of second-degree murder and one count of felony use of a firearm certified against him. His case will now progress to a grand jury in the York-Poquoson Circuit Court.
Freel told York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office investigators he had been visiting a neighbor on the night of Sept. 5, according to court documents. When he returned home to the residence he shared with his wife Katherine A. Freel, 27, and their two children, a 4-year-old and a 5-month-old, he said that Katherine verbally belittled him.
Freel then shot and killed Katherine with a Springfield XD-40 handgun, he later confessed to deputies.
Shortly following the incident, Freel called 911 to report the shooting and confessed what he had done to dispatchers.
When deputies arrived at his home on the 200 block of Wichita Lane they found Freel standing at the front door and immediately detained him.
Freel was transported to the YPSO station to be questioned, where he again confessed to killing Katherine and said he wanted to take responsibility for his actions.
The couple’s two children were in the home at the time of the shooting, and were released to the care of their mother’s parents shortly following the incident.