Man Charged With Manslaughter In Wife’s Suicide

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (December 18, 2012)--Authorities have charged a New York man with manslaughter after police say he helped his wife commit suicide.

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

According to court records, Willard Skellie, 69, confessed to buying a shotgun, showing his wife how to use it and then 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 was held in Warren County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.


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