Upstate NY man helped wife commit suicide by getting her a gun, police say

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(CBS/AP) GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - Authorities have charged an upstate New York man with manslaughter after police say he helped his wife commit suicide by getting her a gun, teaching her how to use it and leaving her alone with it loaded.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that 59-year-old Kathy Skellie was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday morning at the home she shared with her husband in Glens Falls, about 45 miles north of Albany.

According to court records, 69-year-old Willard Skellie confessed to buying a shotgun, showing his wife how to use it and leaving it loaded while he went hunting. He told police she was despondent because of mental health problems.

Police say Skellie was questioned and charged Sunday with second-degree manslaughter after failing a lie detector test.

He is being held in Warren County Jail on $100,000 bail.

  • Crimesider Staff


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