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Wife of 2010 murder victim charged with his death

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County District Attorney's office says the wife of a man killed last year has now been charged with his death.

Mary Douglass Bruno was arrested this morning on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in connection with the death of Carmine Anthony Bruno in January 2010. Mary Bruno was previously charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

At her initial hearing on Wednesday afternoon, Bruno's bond was set at $300,000.

The DA's office says in a statement that Mary Bruno's arrest is based on evidence collected over the last several months and information from the trial of Dennis Benjamin Roy. A jury convicted Roy last week for the baseball bat beating death of Carmine Bruno. A judge sentenced Roy to life in prison.

"The person responsible for the murder changed his story after 10 months," said Mary Bruno's lawyer Alex Hall. "I shouldn't really get into any of the details at this point."

Mary Bruno is set to make her next court appearance on December 8.

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