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St. Augustine man indicted for murder of wife, best friend

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A St. Augustine man has been indicted for the murder of his wife and her best friend. James Terry Colley Jr., 35, is charged with first degree murder, attempted murder, and burglary stalking.

State Attorney
R.J. Larizza announced the indictment Friday afternoon.

Colley was arrested in Norton, Virginia.

Amanda Cloaninger Colley was buried Tuesday. Her friend Lindy Dobbins was buried Thursday. They were shot to death in Colley's upscale St. Johns County home last week.

Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, Colley had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

Earlier in the day, a judge ordered James Terry Colley, Jr., 35, of St. Augustine, received a year of unsupervised probation as part of his plea agreement, which ordered him to surrender his weapons, complete a batterers' intervention class and have no contact with his estranged wife, Amanda Cloaninger, according to court papers obtained by First Coast News.

"He could have been locked up, and he was allowed to go on probation and surrender his weapons and stay away from his wife," St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar told reporters at a news conference last week.


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