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Man pleads not guilty in hatchet slaying of wife

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A northern Illinois man has pleaded not guilty to charges of killing his wife with a hatchet in Wisconsin.

Thirty-eight-year-old Christian Loga-Negru, of Arlington Heights, Ill., waived his preliminary hearing in Racine County Circuit Court on Tuesday on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, mayhem and kidnapping. Prosecutors say Loga-Negru attacked 36-year-old Roxana Abrudan last month in Mount Pleasant. Authorities say she was hiding from her husband at the home of her boss and his wife.

According to the complaint, Loga-Negru tracked her down, hit her in the head several times with the hatchet outside the home, loaded her in a rental car and drove to a Super 8 motel where police arrested him. Abrudan was airlifted to a suburban Milwaukee hospital where she died.

The Racine Journal Times says Loga-Negru was found competent to stand trial earlier this month.

Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com

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