- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 6, 2015

CATON, N.Y. (AP) - A former professional hockey player has been released from an upstate New York jail a week after being charged in his wife’s slaying.

Thomas Clayton was released from the Steuben (stoo-BEHN’) County Jail late Monday afternoon after posting bail set by a judge earlier in the day at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.

The 37-year-old former Niagara University and minor league hockey player was charged last week with second-degree murder in the death of his 35-year-old wife, Kelley. Authorities say Clayton called 911 early on Sept. 29 to report that he had found her dead on the floor of their home in Caton, on the Pennsylvania border near Elmira.

On Saturday, authorities also charged 44-year-old Michael Beard of Elmira with second-degree murder. Authorities say he killed Kelley Clayton and that her husband was involved in the killing.

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