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Delburne man charged with murder in domestic homicide

A Delburne, Alta., man who was the subject of a restraining order has been charged in the death of his estranged wife, who was found in her home on Monday.

A Delburne, Alta., man who was the subject of a restraining order has been charged in the death of his estranged wife, who was found in her home east of Red Deer.

Brian Clarence Volker, 48, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, the RCMP said.

Deborah Volker, 44, was found dead in her house on Monday after a concerned family member called police.

"We haven't released a cause of death," RCMP Sgt. Patrick Webb said Tuesday. "With this individual charged and going to court now, so much of these details that we have are going to be held back just so we can get a conviction in court."

The couple had a history of domestic disputes, and Brian Volker had an emergency protection order against him, Webb said.

Volker had been charged with sexual assault with a firearm, forcible confinement and pointing a firearm after an alleged incident involving his wife on Jan. 9, Webb said. A justice of the peace had released Volker on conditions on Jan. 16, Webb said.

The couple had three children but they were not home at the time of the homicide, he said.

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