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Man facing federal charge after admitting to shooting and burying his wife

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jarvis Madison appeared in Clark County court Tuesday, but he'll soon be transferred to Florida to face a new federal charge of kidnapping resulting in death.

According to the FBI, Madison had a much different story for investigators. He told FBI agents he traveled to Ormond Beach, Fla., to give Rachael her stuff. 

He says she kissed him and willingly got into his car. But then Jarvis Madison told investigators that somewhere in "Florida, Georgia, or another state," he shot Rachael three times, killing her. 

"That is an offense that carries life without parole or the death penalty," said Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull.

The FBI says Madison even told them where he buried his estranged wife -- in the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. She was found dead in Knoxville.

But in court he cried and asked the judge what he was supposed to do now that his "wife was deceased."

"No, I did not kidnap my wife," he said. "I loved my wife."

Police say Rachael Madison lived in fear of her husband. Jarvis Madison previously went before a judge in Clark County, where he was accused of holding her against her will and even firing a weapon at her.

Rachael survived, and police believe she was in Florida, hiding from her estranged husband. Mull says the new federal charge is the priority.

"I think the best interest of justice is that he promptly be taken to Florida to be held accountable on the allegation that he's murdered her," Mull said.

Federal authorities will transfer Madison from the Clark County jail to Florida as soon as possible.

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