Kurtis Worley Charged With Murdering Wife After She Refused To Have Sex With Him

Man Charged With Murdering Wife After She Refused Him Sex

A suburban Chicago man is charged with murdering his wife after she asked for a divorce and refused to have sex with him "one last time."

Police say Kurtis Worley of suburban Addison killed his 39-year-old wife, Martha, around 3 a.m. Friday, and stabbed his 15-year-old stepson, who tried to intervene, CBS Chicago reports.

On Monday, Worley, 33, was charged with first degree murder and aggravated domestic battery and ordered held on $3 million bond Monday morning. According to prosecutors, Worley also gave police a full, taped confession.

Prosecutors say Worley was distraught after his wife asked for a divorce and then requested she have sex with him. After she refused, prosecutors say Worley beat his wife and stabbed her in the head with a knife while she was sleeping.

Worley is also accused of stabbing his 15-year-old stepson in the neck who heard his mother screaming and came to the couple's room.

Police say Worley was drunk and tried to kill himself after the attack by cutting his wrists and neck.

Neighbors described Worley's stepson as having "a big heart," telling ABC Chicago "He risked his life for his own mom. He's amazing."

The couple had two more children, ages 9 and 12, ABC reports. The three are reportedly now living with Martha Worley's sister.

Family of Martha Worley noted the 39-year-old was known for helping people, which they say she did even in death: Worley was an organ donor, and was reportedly able to save five lives.

A relative, who declined to be named, told the Daily Herald, "She was real loving and caring, outgoing and funny. A real sweet lady."

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