Former MTSU professor accused of stabbing wife to death in Florida

Dr. James Huhta and wife Mary Huhta (Courtesy: Justin Holder)

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (WKRN) – A former professor at Middle Tennessee State University is accused of murdering his wife in Florida.

Dr. James Huhta has since been charged with first-degree murder, according to the Riviera Beach Police Department.

His arrest comes after officers were called to a condominium complex on Friday about a man who fell off balcony in his underwear.

That man was later identified as Huhta. He was taken to a nearby hospital.

James Huhta (Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff's Office)
James Huhta (Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office)

Police said members of the fire rescue crew were called to alert his wife when they found Mary Huhta dead in the bedroom.

According to ABC affiliate WPBF, she had been stabbed multiple times in the stomach.

WPBF reports Dr. Huhta allegedly then took several shots of insulin after realizing what he’d done and jumped off his second-story balcony.

Riviera Beach police said they had never been called to the apartment before for any acts of domestic discord, and Mary Huhta’s death was not a random act of violence.

Authorities also say when Dr. Huhta was interviewed at the hospital, he confessed to taking his wife’s life.

He was released from the hospital Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder. He’s being held without bond.

MTSU officials confirmed to News 2 he was once a professor at the university. His wife served on Murfreesboro’s city council.

The couple’s former neighbor, Justin Holder, told News 2 he knew the couple very well while they lived in Murfreesboro.

Holder said the couple was living in Florida to be close to family.

He also said Mary was an incredible person, friend, grandmother and community leader.

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