An Ellsworth man is charged with murdering his wife on Christmas Day.
Monday he appeared in an Ellsworth courtroom.
State Police arrested Chris Saenz, 30, late Friday night.
Detectives say this is a case of domestic violence.
An autopsy conducted Thursday showed 29-year-old Hillary Saenz died from blunt force trauma.
Her body was found christmas day when Chris Saenz called for an ambulance.
Police say the couple married as teenagers and have an 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl.
The children are staying with relatives.
Saenz is being held without bail.
This is the 24th homicide of the year in Maine, and the 11th that is domestic violence related.