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Former NU hockey player accused of murdering wife

A former Niagara University hockey player has been charged in the beating death of his wife in their Steuben County home.

Thomas Clayton, 37, a Binghamton native, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the death of his 35-year-old wife, Kelley, according to media reports.

Clayton graduated in 2002 from Niagara University, where he played forward for the Purple Eagles, and then spent several seasons playing minor league professional hockey with the Elmira Jackals. Most recently, he operated Paul Davis Emergency Services of the Southern Tier, a fire and water damage restoration franchise in Elmira.

According to police reports, Clayton called 911 early Tuesday to report he had found his wife dead; authorities said she suffered severe facial trauma. Steuben County Sheriff David Cole described it as a “bludgeoning-type death.”

The couple has two children.