BUENA PARK, California - Court records show a reality show contestant who is wanted for questioning in the death of his ex-wife was charged earlier this year with misdemeanour battery.

Records from Clark County, Nevada, show that Ryan Alexander Jenkins was charged in June with "battery constituting domestic violence" for allegedly hitting his ex-wife, Jasmine Fiore, in the arm.

The 32-year-old Jenkins has a December non-jury trial in the matter.

His attorney, Neal Tomlinson, declined to comment.

Court records also show Jenkins was sentenced to 15 months' probation in January 2007 in his native Calgary, Canada, for assault.

Fiore's nude body was found in a suitcase over the weekend, and police have not been able to find Jenkins since he reported her missing on Saturday.

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