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'Talent' Contestant Chose Audition Over Missing Wife

10/25/2010 6:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joe Finley was fully aware his wife had been missing for several hours when he chose to go through with his "America's Got Talent" audition instead of helping police find her ... TMZ has learned.

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We just spoke to Finley about his wife Laura Finley's death at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel and his arrest for possession of ecstasy -- and he told us a really strange story.

Finley claims he had taken two ecstasy pills and Laura took one around 8:30PM on Friday before they went out partying. Finley says they eventually returned to their room at the hotel and went to bed. He claims he heard Laura get up at around 3AM and leave the room -- he says he assumes she was getting ice.


Finley claims when he woke up Laura was not there -- and he called hotel security and asked them to page her over the public address system. Oddly, Finley says he then left for his 2PM audition.  He claims police approached him on his way to the audition and showed him a picture of Laura's face with injuries. Finley claims he assumed, at that point, that Laura was dead ... though cops didn't tell him that.

After several hours of questioning, Finley says police allowed him to go to his audition ... which he did -- even though he admits he thought his wife was dead.

Finley says police interviewed him again after the audition and that's when he fessed up about taking ecstasy and that he had three more pills in his possession. It's unclear when exactly police informed Finley that Laura's body had been found in a stairwell at the hotel.

As we first reported, police are now calling Finley a "person of interest" in Laura's death.


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Y do he got    

Hold that thought TMZ I`ll buy the story for my ND MOO V It`s called TIED ON ONE DOA DA!

1424 days ago
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Slutty Whores Rock    

Person of interest my butt, he is suspect #1.
Nobody walks into the Biltmore and kills somebody, there is security and cameras all over that place.
She probably told him "look, you are a no-talent jagoff and you are wasting our money with your stupid pipedream" and he clocked her.
Bet me.

1424 days ago
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Observer999    

That is one loony story. Let's see how this pans out, shall we... anyone wanting to bet AGAINST him being arrested/convicted???

1424 days ago
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who dat    

Really? You need 3 consecutive posts on this nobody dBag. Nothing else happening today to report on?

1424 days ago
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Pretty LL    

What a weird story. Obviously this guy is going to jail.

1424 days ago
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Majestik    

WHO THE HELL goes to an Audition when your wife is missing? WRong on 1000 different levels. With the track record of these miscreints and being arrested for everything under the sun from reality shows. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to find out his DNA is all over the evidence.

1424 days ago
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papprorattist    

What a lieing smaCK of smit OR SHE BE ho AMERICAN DOESN`T HABE TALENT IT`S gET TOE CPOAST2CAOST>>>TIED ON ON 1989 beer/30

1424 days ago
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Pretty LL    

Also wonder how he's enjoying his last few days of freedom....

1424 days ago
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Booshy    

That's cold!

1424 days ago
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timmsa    

I have to agree, this sure is a strange story. I mean I would never go on with my audition if my husband was missing. And if i had heard him get up at 3 am and leave the room, I would have sat up and asked him where he was going.

I think he did something to her and he just doesn't remember what happen.
You watch he will later admit that he did something, and yes I agree that his DNA will be all over the evidence.

1424 days ago
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hebgb    

um, number 7: WTF are you talking about?

1424 days ago
12.

ManiacalZebra    

"Well, yeah, my wife's missing and probably dead, but I REALLY want to be famous!"

1424 days ago
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Pretty LL    

#7, texting while jumping rope?

1424 days ago
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Megan    

you popped 2 rolls and WENT TO BED?! YEAH RIGHT!!

1424 days ago
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JLS    

It's kind of obvious who killed her and he certainly isn't hiding facts that point to him either. Sheesh. What an idiot and yes, a killer as well.

1424 days ago
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