An elderly Florida man said he killed his wife because she was in pain and he couldn’t afford medicine.
William Hager, an 86-year-old in Port St. Lucie, told police that he shot his wife Carolyn in the head with a Colt .32 revolver as she slept, according to an arrest affidavit.
The officer who arrived at the home to hear Hager’s “bad news” said the husband apologized for letting his daughters know before calling 911.
The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that Carolyn Hager, 78, had been sick with multiple illnesses for years.
Hager told police that his wife had previously told him she wanted to die, but never asked him to end her life.
He said that he could no longer afford to buy the medication that she needed, and had been thinking about killing his longtime companion for several days.
A sheriff’s deputy told TC Palm that Hager showed remorse and “was very clear that he was out of options in his mind.”
The pair, who a neighbor said were avid gardeners, had been married for more than 50 years.
Hager has been charged with first-degree murder, and is currently being held without bond.