- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

CENTER, Neb. (AP) - A man accused of killing his wife in northeast Nebraska has been formally charged with first-degree murder.

Knox County Sheriff’s officials tell Sioux City, Iowa television station KTIV (http://bitly.com/1nEKCrO ) that 66-year-old Phillip Privett made an initial court appearance Friday via video.

Court documents show deputies were called to the Privetts’ home in Verdigre early Monday where they found 66-year-old Linda Privett dead. Deputies say Phillip Privett also was in the home, visibly shaken and telling officers that he shot his wife in the face.

He is being held at the Nebraska State Penitentiary on $1 million bail and could not be reached for comment Saturday. Prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty.

His preliminary hearing has been set for Nov. 6.

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