Police: Glens Falls man helped wife commit suicide
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities have charged a Glens Falls man with manslaughter after police say he helped his wife commit suicide.
Reports say 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, 69-year-old Willard Skellie, in Glens Falls.
According to court records, Skellie confessed to buying a shotgun, showing her how to use it and leaving it loaded while he went hunting. He told police she was despondent because of mental health problems.
Skellie was questioned and charged Sunday with second-degree manslaughter after failing a lie-detector test, police said. Under a subsection of state law, the charge can be brought if a person "intentionally causes or aids another person to commit suicide."
Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan said that the circumstances fit the second-degree manslaughter subsection for aiding suicide.
Police said Skellie reported finding her dead in her bedroom when he arrived home Saturday after going hunting for the second day in a row. He told police she typically stayed in her room for long periods.
"It wasn't unusual for her to be in a room for a couple of days," he said.
Skellie was also charged with tampering with physical evidence for allegedly moving the gun used in the shooting and removing a note his wife had written that detailed how to use the gun, based on his instructions, authorities said.
He is being held in Warren County Jail on $100,000 bail.
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