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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A Reno man accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife in Utah has been released after paying just 15 percent of his bail.
James Gau was released earlier this week after paying $1,500 of his $10,000 bail amount. Nevada state law allows the accused to go free pending arraignment if they pay 15 percent of their set bail.
That has victim groups speaking out. They say a man who is accused of trying to hire someone to kill his wife should be considered more of a threat.
Gau has six children with his wife Sheryl. Detectives say Gau moved to Reno after separating from his wife. They say he told her he was gay and wanted to live with is boyfriend.
Police say the 50-year-old had been asking a man for weeks to kill his wife and gave him the address where she lives in American Fork, Utah.
Police say now that Gau has been released pending his Aug. 7 arraignment, his estranged wife should seek a restraining order.
------ Information from: The Daily Herald
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