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Police: Man killed wife of 51 years with tool, fire poker

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- Authorities say a New York man charged with killing his wife of 51 years admitted using a camping tool and fire poker to beat her inside their apartment.

The Leader-Herald of Gloversville reports a detective testified during a preliminary hearing Tuesday that 70-year-old Frank Ostrander told officers he argued Feb. 10 with his wife, Sally.

Detective Sgt. Mike Calbet testified that Ostrander told him he later attacked his sleeping 70-year-old wife with a hatchet or camping shovel. Calbet says Ostrander told him he hit her several times in the head before the tool broke.

Calbet says Ostrander then struck her with a fire poker before stabbing her with another object.

Ostrander is charged with second-degree murder. His public defender declined to comment Thursday on the charges.

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