COLUMBIA, Tenn. - A Maury County man died after police said his wife bound and gagged him as part of a sexual ritual.
But it remains unclear if she intended to kill him.
Rebecca Bargy was charged with reckless homicide after her husband, James Bargy, was found with his mouth taped and his arms and legs tied. A rubber ball was stuffed in his mouth.
Police said the 29-year old man died of suffocation Saturday. Police said the 25-year-old woman left her husband alone for 20 hours.
Mona Phillips, Rebecca Bargy's mother, said it was an accident, but his sister thinks it was intentional.
Police think they know where Rebecca was during the 20 hours she left her bound husband alone and it may change the way they prosecute the case.
Detectives said she stayed with another man in a local motel at least two days last week. Bargy met him online and bought his airline ticket from California.
Detectives said she left briefly and returned home to see her husband.
Phillips said her daughter and son-in-law did what they wanted.
"They came and went as they pleased. It's pretty much what they did. Always been that way," Phillips said.
In an email, James Bargy's sister, Lisa Brady said her sister-in-law's alleged infidelity is a motive for murder.
Brady wrote, "Rebecca has repeatedly engaged in extramarital affairs over the last few months. She made sure she got him out of the way so she could have her single life again."
If convicted for reckless homicide, Bargy could be sentenced to two to 12 years in prison.
But the district attorney could upgrade the charge to murder.
Police questioned the man Bargy met stayed with at a Columbia motel. He was not charged with any crime. She is held without bond at the Maury County Jail. She will appear before a judge later this week.