Ellsworth Man Charged with Murder Appears in Court 

An Ellsworth man charged with murdering his wife on Christmas day appeared in court Monday.

State police arrested 30-year-old Chris Saenz 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.