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Gilbert man charged with murder after reporting wife fell

Posted 3:32 p.m. Friday

— A Gilbert man was arrested Thursday in the murder of his wife after he reported she slipped and fell.

According to court documents obtained by 3TV/CBS 5, Gilbert police responded to a 911 call from a house near Baseline and Greenfield roads on September 7.

Mark-Eric Ponsati, 36, reported that his wife had slipped and fallen in the bathroom and hit her head. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police said Ponsati was interviewed on scene and claimed that he and his wife had no recent arguments or marital problems. Gilbert PD said that in the days following the incident, numerous family members had notified them that quite the opposite was true.

Court documents state that family members told officers that the marriage was very tumultuous and included a lengthy separation and allegations of infidelity by Ponsati.

Family members also told police that Ponsati had threatened to kill his wife if she ever tried to leave the marriage. Upon further investigation, detectives found physical evidence that didn't match Ponsati's story.

The medical examiner's autopsy revealed that the victim had suffered multiple blunt force injuries and fractures as well as spine and brain bruising consistent with violent shaking.

Detectives also noted that there was no sign of forced entry or of a third party present.

Ponsati is charged with second-degree murder and is being held on a $1 million bond.

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