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Tennessee man accused of beating wife to death over church outfit

A metro Nashville man has been charged with homicide after police say he brutally beat his wife over her church outfit.

Percy Thompson, 34, was charged with criminal homicide, failure to appear and driving with a revoked license, according to Davidson County Jail records. Witnesses told police that on Sunday they observed Thompson throwing his wife on the ground and punching her until she was left unconscious at their Whites Creek home, according to Nashville news station WKRN. Police found the woman covered in blood in the back seat of a car after the attack.

When police interviewed the victim’s mother, she explained Thompson was upset about the outfit his wife wore to church. His wife ordered him to leave after the argument that took place in front of their children. Thompson left and reportedly came back and forced his way back into the home. He then allegedly pushed his wife down the stairs and beat her in the face in front of the home. He packed clothes and drove away, but police were able to track him a few miles from their home, according to the report obtained by WKRN.

At the time of this incident, Thompson had been released a few days earlier after being charged with domestic assault against his wife. According to reports, there are at least seven other documented incidents between Thompson and his wife.

The victim was transported to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was last reported as unconscious. However, Thompson’s charges were upgraded from attempted criminal homicide to criminal homicide, according to jail staff.

He is being held on a $301,000 bond.

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