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12-18-12, 10:53 AM #1
Man charged with manslaughter for giving his despondent wife a loaded gun and teaching her to use it before leaving her alone in their homeA Glens Falls man was charged with manslaughter on Sunday because, according to police, he helped his mentally ill wife commit suicide last week by buying a gun for her, teaching her to use it and loading it before leaving her alone in their home.Willard F. Skellie, 69, of Leonard Street, was charged with second-degree manslaughter after an investigation into the death of his wife, 59-year-old Kathy Skellie, over the weekend.The charge is brought under a subsection of the law that alleging a person “intentionally causes or aids another person to commit suicide.”Mrs. Skellie was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head Saturday morning. Her husband reported finding her dead in her bedroom, and reported she had been despondent because of severe mental problems, according to court records.Mr. Skellie was also charged with tampering with physical evidence, a felony, 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, court records show.
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