Navy sailor charged in wife's murder

A Navy sailor has been charged with killing his wife inside their Virginia home Sunday while the couple's two children were inside, The Daily Press reported. Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Freel, Jr., allegedly shot and killed his wife, Katherine Freel, inside their Williamsburg home Sunday around 12:45 a.m., said York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Dennis Ivey Jr., according to

The couple's 4-year-old son and 5-month-old daughter were not injured and are reportedly now in the care of their maternal grandparents. The drama unfolded early Sunday morning, according to the Daily Press, after Mark Freel made a 911 call. The details of what the suspect said during the call were not revealed. Freel, 26, was arrested at the scene after law enforcement officers responded to the family's residence and found Katherine Freel, 27, shot with a semi-automatic handgun, said Ivey, according to the Daily Press.

"There was overwhelming probable cause that [Freel] was the one who committed the crime," said Ivey, who described it as a "domestic situation." He did not elaborate.

Freel is charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He is being held without bond at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.