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COLUMBUS, N.C. (AP) — A former police officer charged with killing his wife at her family-owned hotel in the North Carolina mountains surprised his own attorney and a prosecutor by refusing to take a plea deal.

Prosecutors said Friday that 47-year-old Travis McGraw will face a first-degree murder trial in May. The state offered McGraw a plea deal to second-degree murder, with a sentence of 10 years to 13 years in prison.

McGraw’s attorney, Tony Dalton, says he was ready for the guilty plea when McGraw changed his mind. The attorney says McGraw has maintained his innocence in the case.

Authorities say McGraw killed his wife at the Saluda Mountain Lodge just off Interstate 26 in Polk County after his mistress demanded he let his wife know about their affair or she would tell her.

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