A 19-year-old man allegedly slashed his new wife to death with a panga.
The man is being held at the Kitui Police Station.
The incident took place at Katithini village in Misewani sub-location of Kitui Central sub-county at around mid-night on Tuesday. The Kitui Central sub county police boss Sicily Gatiti confirmed the brutal killing.
She gave the name of alleged murder suspect as John Mutinda, while the murdered woman is Ciiru Murimi.
Gatiti said the motive of the murder was unknown but police where holding the alleged killer as investigations got underway.
She said when the police got the report about the murder at around 1 am on Tuesday night, they visited the scene and recovered a bloodied panga that was used in the killing.
He said the police took the body to the Kitui hospital morgue.
Villagers who alerted the assistant chief for Misewani, Musili Moki, who alerted the police said the young couple was newly married.
However on Tuesday night they were engaged in a quarrel that resulted in the man killing his spouse.
Other uncorroborated reports indicated that the family of the woman was not aware of her whereabouts because she was married while on her way from Embu to a secondary school in Kitui.