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'Talent' Contestant's Family -- We Believe Him

10/26/2010 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joe Finley's family members are rallying behind the "America's Got Talent" contestant -- telling TMZ they "do NOT believe Joe" would ever murder his wife.


Several members of Joe's family have already contacted each other about the tragic death of Laura Finley -- and one rep for the group tells us, "We do not believe Joe would have done this ... but neither do we believe [Laura] accidentally died."

As we previously reported, Laura's body was found at the bottom of a stairwell at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday morning ... Joe was named a person of interest in the investigation.

But the rep tells us, "Joe and Laura had a relationship that many would admire. They were together for over 30 years ... We stand behind Joe 100%."

Joe has denied any involvement in his wife's death.


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He was so high he doesn't remember killing her. As for the family members, they certainly don't know what took place. Good, bad or otherwise, they can't say he didn't do it.

1423 days ago

Ms BAB    

Well, the family supporting him is fine but there still needs to be an investigation into the wife's cause of death.......

1423 days ago


Dope kills. They were both old enough to know better.

1423 days ago

RJ Hunt    

I'm sorry...No way dose an innocent man get shown a picture of his wife/girlfriend of 30 years unconscious and then goes about his day like nothing is wrong...

1423 days ago

john p mcniff    

interesting story

john p mcniff

1423 days ago


Oh great , HIS family supports him...?? Does HER family support him or even know THE TRUTH yet?!?!.... PROBABLY NOT! How many skeltons are going to fall out of his closet ....Hmmmmm.. I think he hired Scott Petersons Attorney.

1423 days ago


well see family is the last persons to believe somebody committed murder, because family thinks they KNOW the person, the truth is nobody ever knows anyone really, most often not even the person committing a crime knew they were capable of doing it, it just happens, especially with drugs involved, hello!

some people who did a crime and deny it really think they didn't do anything, peoples brains have the most amazing abilities to block out events that occurred, and this goes for every single person alive, we are the most dangerous animal on earth

1423 days ago


who cares

1423 days ago


his family believes him, what about hers?

1423 days ago


Well? Maybe she simply tripped or misstepped and fell down the stairs Duh??? Was there a knife or gunshot wound or anything there saying she was murdered??

1423 days ago


its always the innocent ones you wouldn't suspect would do it

who else had a motive to murder her? no body

1423 days ago


Disgusting he did it! wait till it says that he killed her everyone is going to feel stupid! shall we look at the tapes......

1423 days ago

Christina G.    

We don't even know how she died yet. She could have leaned over a stair balcony in a state of intoxication and fell to her death. However, the part about him going to audition after cops show him a picture of his dead wife? Did I get that right? If so, it's unbelievable, fishy, and just plain weird.

1423 days ago

Phylis O'Brien    

I have known Joe and Laura for about 13 years, they were so much in Love with each other and loved there kids just the same. I can't believe that Joe would even think about hurting Laura, he loved her so, yes!!! every marriage has ther ups and downs but come on!!! where are the facts??that's just wait and see.. I have not seen them in about 1 year because I went into full cardic arrest last year. To the Finley I'm so sorry for your loss, You Mom will be missed.... Joe my thoughts and prayers are with you... Phylis O'brien

1423 days ago

Y do he got    

They were riding a tricycle and it went bad at 3am and she was dumped down the stairwell by her doped up husband who freacked out about the threeway happens all the time.THE HUSBAND is always the first person of interest.C sheen shesses what a dopehead fall down lady batteryheadcase

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