Jason Martin has taught math at James Madison University

By Chris Harris
Updated October 30, 2015 05:10 PM
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Howard County Police Dept

A Maryland man has been charged with murdering his wife by allegedly bludgeoning her with a dumbbell, police say.

A statement to PEOPLE from the Howard County Police in Maryland claims that Jason Martin, 41, of Laurel, is charged with three counts of murder and assault in the death of his 42-year-old wife, Carla Martin.

According to the statement, Carla was killed on Tuesday morning as the couple’s three children were asleep.

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Authorities claim a neighbor called cops late Tuesday and allegedly told dispatchers that Jason Martin had showed up at her door asking her to call 911, claiming his wife had been injured.

Investigators discovered Carla lying on the floor of the home’s basement, inches from a blood-coated dumbbell, the statement says.

Carla was transported to a nearby hospital, where medical technicians pronounced her dead, preliminarily determining her death was due to blunt force trauma, the statement says.

The public defender representing Martin did not return calls on Friday seeking comment. Officials claim Martin, who has no prior criminal record, is a mathematician for the National Security Agency and has taught math at James Madison University.

He has been released from police custody after posting $500,000 bail, court records indicate.