Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

After a nearly three-hour standoff Monday with law enforcement, Edward Hughes IV was arrested for the alleged murder of his wife, Emiley Tesch Hughes, found dead inside her home Feb. 14.

Details of the arrest are limited, but at about 6:30 p.m., officers surrounded a modular home in the 90 block of Dell Lane and were ordering Hughes out by loudspeaker.

Sheriff’s Commander Bill Steven said no other people were inside the home but officers did not make entry right away since they were unsure if there were any weapons inside.

At about 8:45 p.m., Hughes’ mother arrived on the scene. From outside the safety perimeter, she was allowed to talk to her son by phone.

At 9:20 p.m., personnel from the California Department of Corrections Pelican Bay assisted by deploying a gas into the house, which forced Hughes out. He was taken into custody and placed in a patrol vehicle.

At the perimeter, Hughes’ mother asked sheriff’s Detective Ed Fleshman if her phone call helped officers. He said the arrest was influenced by a combination of factors, but that no shots were fired in the process.

According to Steven, Hughes was arrested for a warrant issued on Feb. 16, charged with homicide and taken to jail with a $1 million bail set.

Steven could not comment on the pending investigation, but said evidence found during an autopsy indicated that violence had occurred.

That led to the issuance of the warrant and the subsequent standoff.

“It has also been determined that her time of death was around the end of December, 2018,” according to a sheriff’s press release.

At the time of the discovery, Steven said Edward was known to local law enforcement.

According to Edward’s public record, he was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years’ probation in 2014 for larceny, obstructing an officer and possession of a stolen vehicle. His record contains some other moving violations, including speeding, not having insurance, expired registration and seatbelt violations.

According to Hughes’ Facebook page, the two were married in February 2017.

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