Smith Co. man accused of beating wife to death back behind bars

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 6:09pm

The man accused of beating his wife to death back on Thanksgiving of 2011 is now back in jail.

Kelly Gage, 50, was arrested on Thursday, October 25th, for violating his probation.

Bob Gray with the Smith County Probation office tells FOX 51, Gage was arrested for violating his bond agreement which says you cant be rearrested for another crime.

Gage was arrested earlier in October for public intoxication and assault.

The 50 year old spent 90 days behind bars for allegedly beating his wife, Patti McHugh Gage. McHugh later died from her injuries, which her son Nicholas claimed were caused by Gage.

However, authorities failed to gather enough evidence to charge Gage with the crime, and he was released on February 28, 2012, after his bond was reduced from $1 million for aggravated assault to a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

Upon his release, Patti Gage's son, Nicholas McHugh, and his younger brother, Caden, both took out protective orders against Gage.

At the time, Nicholas told FOX 51, "I'm really scared of any type of retaliation. He's really nuts and he's threatened my life and my grandmother's life particularly in the past."

The investigation into the case is ongoing.

Gage's probation violation has landed him back behind bars, though there is no word at this time exactly how Gage violated his probation.

He is being held in the Smith County Jail on a $30,000 bond.

Previous reports on Kelly Gage:

Original Report, November 30, 2011.

Report on Gage's release from jail, February 28, 2012.


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