Family defends Oklahoma City husband accused of killing his wife

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City husband is accused of killing his wife over the weekend.

The suspect remains behind bars at the Oklahoma County Jail accused of murder.

Maria Molina was born on Christmas day.

Her death inside her own home, after a weekend of holiday shopping with her family, has devastated her younger brother.

"It's like a nightmare," said Ezequiel Molina. "I can't describe how we all feel. It's awful."

Police arrested the victim's husband, Manuel Quinones, who also goes by the name Juan Huerta, for the murder adding to the family's confusion.

"My mom and dad love him like a son," said Molina. "He wasn't mean. We love him like we used to love my sister."

Oklahoma City police say the husband first told investigators he came home and found his wife murdered, but police suspect that's not what happened.

"Investigators talked to him and ultimately he was arrested him for first degree murder," said Oklahoma City police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow.

While police haven't told the family what may have led to the murder, right now the victim's brother hopes the suspect is eventually cleared of the crime.

"We don't believe it was him. We're hoping it was somebody else," said Molina. "We can't believe it. It's like a nightmare."

The suspect did not have a criminal past and police say they never had any previous domestic related incidents between the couple.