Joe Finley says he is innocent.
The America's Got Talent contestant claims he saw wife Laura alive at 3 a.m. last Saturday, awoke to her missing, reported that fact to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel staff in Las Vegas and then went to audition for the NBC reality show.
Considered a person of interest in the case, Joe swears someone else killed his wife.
But a relative of Laura's tells TMZ she thinks Joe's "whole story is BS," adding: "There are too many gaping holes for it to be true.”This individual says the family plans to hold a memorial for Laura without Joe present.
“The family knows Laura was murdered and that Joe was the last to see her. They're having a hard time believing that he went so long under those circumstances without being concerned about her whereabouts."
Months before Laura's death, this person says, Joe and Laura exchanged heated words. The latter threatened to leave the former, which could speak to a motive for his alleged, violent actions.