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Family members speak out about Bartlett woman's death

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BARTLETT, TN (WMC-TV) - An attorney for a Bartlett man accused of killing his wife asked for more time to investigate the case Thursday as family members of the victim looked on.

While Joe Caronna wasn't in court Thursday for his hearing, a large number of his wife's friends and family members were.   They listened as the judge approved a defense attorney's request for more time to investigate and prepare for the case.

Back in 2008, Caronna's wife, Tina, was found dead in her Chevy Avalanche.   After an intense manhunt officers converged on a Jackson, Tennessee motel last month and arrested Joe Caronna.

Right now he is being held without bond. Prosecutor Karen Cook told said she will argue for Caronna's bond to stay that way.

"I think it's very clear from the news reports that he is a flight risk," Cook said. "There is nothing I'm telling you that's not out there in the public.  So that would be a very obvious reason not having a bond set, 'cause with a bond you'd go."

Emotions ran high among Tina Caronna's relatives and friends who packed into the courtroom.  Tina's mother, Clara Murphy, spoke publicly for the first time about her daughter's death.

"This is my daughter that was murdered, and I've got to support her," she said.

Fighting back tears, Murphy showed up at court to see her son-in-law, Joe Caronna, face charges that he murdered her daughter. 

"He turned her against us for about a year, and then about a week before she was killed, she started talking to me, telling me how much she loved me and how I was the best mom she ever had," Murphy said.

It was an emotional scene outside court as family members cried and hugged to console each other.

"She was a mother, she was a daughter, and she was a sister, and she was my best friend," Carrie Brown said. "I think its important that the city knows that this was devastating to the entire family."

Relatives say they've gotten very little peace since Tina Caronna's body was found in her truck last October with duct tape on her wrist and face.

Officers captured Joe Caronna in a Jackson Motel last month.  Murphy indicated that her son-in-law and daughter were having marital problems.

"I think that she was scared," Murphy said.

Joe Caronna is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

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