LINKA former history professor has been charged in the stabbing death of his wife in their Florida condominium.
Police say James Huhta, 78, jumped out of the second-floor window in his underwear after he fatally stabbed his 79-year-old wife, Mary Huhta, inside their Singer Island condo in Riviera Beach on Friday,WSMV reported.
Maintenance workers found the former Middle Tennessee State University history professor in the bushes and called authorities.
'Fire and Rescue responded to a call about an unresponsive man,' Rose Anne Brown, public information officer for the Riviera Beach Police Department, told The Daily News Journal. 'We found him barely conscious.'
Brown said the workers went upstairs to inform his wife about her husband when they discovered her unresponsive in the bed with a knife nearby.
The exact cause of death for Mary Huhta will be determined by a medical examiner, and James Huhta was hospitalized at St Mary's Medical Center before being released into police custody and charged with first-degree murder.
Investigators say he admitted to killing his wife of more than 50 years, but did not say what led to the murder.
'There are no records of domestic disturbances,' Brown said. 'We have no experience with them, nothing that we are aware of that would point to something like this.'
The couple was well known in the community, as Mary Huhta was a former Murfreesboro City Council member and James Huhta taught for more than 30 years at the college before retiring in 2002.
He was the driving force behind MTSU's Center for Historic Preservation.
'They were incredible listeners and always had feedback for me, whether positive or critical,' Justin Holder, a Murfreesboro resident said.
'I appreciated their candor and their life experiences they would share.
'When we lived across the street, I'd go over for a few hours almost every day and catch up with them.
'The Huhtas were like grandparents to me and meant more to me than they probably realized.'
He added that Mary Huhta was 'a true trailblazer in our community, from her work on the city council, to helping form the League of Women voters, to fighting the airport regardless of its popularity, to her time in real estate.'
Holder said that he last saw her roughly three weeks ago in Tennessee when they had lunch.
They spent part of their time each year living in the Florida condo to be near their grandchildren.