- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he fatally beat his wife then set fire to their home, endangering their daughter and killing two pet cats.

Thirty-seven-year-old Charles McGhee II remained in the Centre County jail Wednesday on charges including first-degree murder, arson, child endangerment, fleeing prosecution and animal cruelty.

Bellefonte police say he drove away after killing Courtney McGhee during an argument Monday night, and setting the fire. Their daughter was awakened by a fire alarm about 11 p.m. and saw McGhee rushing around before driving away.

The girl went to neighbors, who called 911.

Police arrested McGhee on Tuesday after he crashed his vehicle on Interstate 80 near Jersey Shore.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for McGhee, who faces a preliminary hearing June 14.

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