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Using a video interface, Judge John D. Foresman talks to Jerry Anderson during his arraignment Friday. Anderson is suspected of killing his ex-wife.

TRAVERSE CITY -- Jerry Anderson sat and mumbled short responses to a judge during his arraignment on an open count of murder.

Anderson sat in a Grand Traverse County jail room during his video arraignment before District Judge John Foresman Friday morning. Anderson, 47, is charged with killing his ex-wife, Gladys Jean Anderson, at her home on Voice Road near Kingsley. He faces a potential life sentence and was denied bail by Foresman.

Anderson, who wore a bright orange jail uniform and sat bound in chains, requested a court-appointed attorney. A preliminary examination is set for March 19.

Authorities allege Anderson stabbed his former wife, 67, at her home in Paradise Township. Authorities found her body Sunday, but Grand Traverse County Sheriff Scott Fewins previously said the alleged murder may have occurred several weeks ago.

The arrest warrant gives a possible time frame of Dec. 15 through March 2 for the alleged murder. Police arrested Anderson in Livonia Wednesday afternoon.

Gladys and Jerry Anderson married in May 2004 in Standish, court records show. He was serving a sentence at a maximum security prison there after pleading guilty to a second-degree murder charge in Wayne County in 1981.

Jerry Anderson was released from prison in August 2006. Gladys Anderson filed for divorce in April 2007, and the divorce was finalized in June 2007.

Gladys Anderson requested a personal protection order against her husband in March 2007. Court documents said "(I) fear for my life" and indicated he stole money from her. A judge granted the order in April 2007 after a hearing.

In October, she asked the court to rescind the protection order and indicated she wished to re-marry him, records show. A judge terminated the order Nov. 29.

People requesting termination of a personal protection order must go through an assessment to determine if the request is being coerced, a court spokeswoman said.

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