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Summerville jeweler charged in wife's death out on bond

A former Summerville jewelry store owner has been charged in the death of his wife. (Source: WCSC) A former Summerville jewelry store owner has been charged in the death of his wife. (Source: WCSC)
(Photo Source: Colucci family) (Photo Source: Colucci family)
Colucci awaiting a bond hearing before a circuit judge Thursday. (Source: Live 5) Colucci awaiting a bond hearing before a circuit judge Thursday. (Source: Live 5)
SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

A Summerville jewelry store owner charged in the death of his wife is out on bond. 

According to officials, Michael Collucci was released from custody Thursday evening. 

Earlier in the day a circuit court judge set Collucci's bond at $150,000.

Judge Markley Dennis will allow Colucci to be under house arrest at his parent's home, and will allow him to go to work, to see his doctor and his lawyer.

However, the judge ordered him to stay away from the family of his wife, Sara Moore-Colucci.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division believes Colucci is responsible in the May 2015 death of Moore-Colucci. 

"I think the prosecutor will tell you this is a very unusual case. The manner of death of has never been determined," defense attorney Andy Savage said. "As of today, there is still no evidence of whether this was an a suicide, an accident or a homicide.".

Moore-Colucci's aunt told the court Colucci is a flight risk.

"We believe that Mr. Colucci comes from a family of means," S.C. Attorney General's Office prosecutor Megan Burchstead said. "They have four businesses and we believe he has the means to flee."

Judge Markley Dennis said in this country defendants are presumed innocent until trial.

"I can't ignore the fact that he has been living in the community since the date of this tragic death," Dennis said. "He could have left any time to be in another country but didn't."

At the time of Moore-Colucci's death, her husband told investigators she hanged herself with a garden hose. Months later, her family urged investigators to look at the evidence again.

According to an affidavit, medical evidence collected from the scene proved she was not strangled with the garden hose, and indicates there may have been a struggle.  

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