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New evidence leads to indictment in Thanksgiving 2011 death of ETX woman

GUN BARREL CITY,TX (KLTV) - Kelly Gage, 52, of Gun Barrel City has been indicted for assault/family violence after an alleged 2011 attack on his own wife.

Gage's wife, Patti McHugh Gage, was on life-support for days after the alleged beating, and later died. An autopsy revealed that she died of blunt force trauma to the head, but a pathologist couldn't say for sure whether or not that trauma was the result of being beaten or an injury from a fall.

Thanksgiving 2011 was the beginning of a nightmare for Patti Mchugh Gage's family.

"He is truly a monster," Nicholas McHugh, Patti's son told us in 2011.

Patti was still in the hospital, then. However, hours later her family was faced with the decision to take Patti off life support.

"All I can pray for is that justice is done and he gets what he deserves," said Nicholas McHugh.

Patti's autopsy posed hurdles when it came to Gage's prosecution. Years ago, the medical examiner ruled that Patti's cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. However, her manner of death was not a homicide but it was ruled, "undetermined."

"We could not prove he did it, and once you go down there and prosecute this case -- if he's acquitted-- it's over," explained Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham in February of 2012 when Gage was released from jail.

According to the arrest affidavit, Gage told police he had beat his wife in the past and "could have caused her injuries but he could not remember because of the amount of alcohol he had consumed" Thanksgiving night.

Now, new evidence has lead to Gage's indictment for assault and family violence. Because of his criminal history, Gage faces between 25 years and life in prison... the same punishment range he'd face had the charge been murder.

According to police documents, while on bond supervision, Gage was arrested for public intoxication and assault in October 2012.  Gun Barrel City police alerted Smith County probation officers of the arrest.

Wednesday, Patti's family said they were happy to see things moving forward with the case. They also want to encourage anyone in a domestic violence situation to get help before it's too late.

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