Victim's wife charged with murder in 1990 cold case in Giles Co. - WSMV News 4

Victim's wife charged with murder in 1990 cold case in Giles County

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Larry Hughes was found dead in 1990. His body was exhumed in January to obtain a DNA sample. (WSMV) Larry Hughes was found dead in 1990. His body was exhumed in January to obtain a DNA sample. (WSMV)
Mary Ann Hughes (Source: Giles County Sheriff's Office) Mary Ann Hughes (Source: Giles County Sheriff's Office)
PULASKI, TN (WSMV) -

More than a quarter of a century has passed, but police say they have identified the person responsible for killing Larry Hughes.

It turns out that the name etched next to his on the headstone may be responsible for his murder.

Mary Ann Hughes, 69, is now charged with killing her husband all those years ago.

Larry Hughes worked as a cattle farmer and also owned a hardware store in Giles County.

On March 28, 1990, his wife reported him missing. Investigators found Larry Hughes 16 days later lying naked in a dump with a gunshot wound to the head.

In January, his family members watched as authorities carefully dug up his grave, hoping to find the DNA that could finally close this case. Click here to read more.

"That's not my dad, that's just his remains and this needed to happen," said Bene Hughes, the victim's daughter, in January.

Investigators said they suspected Larry Hughes' wife for quite some time.

They exhumed his body after detectives say Mary Ann Hughes sold their home. The new owners found blood on the floor, which investigators collected.

Mary Ann Hughes is charged with first-degree murder. She is being held at the Giles County Jail on a $400,000 bond.

Earlier this year, officials said they thought another man helped cover up the crime. It's not clear if that is still the case.

Officials held a news conference on Thursday morning about the investigation. Stay with Channel 4 for updates on this story.

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