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Glens Falls man accused of helping wife commit suicide

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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— Authorities have charged a Glens Falls man with manslaughter after police say he helped his wife commit suicide at their upstate home.

The Post-Star reports 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 in Glens Falls, 45 miles north of Albany.

Police say 69-year-old Willard Skellie was questioned and charged Sunday with second-degree manslaughter after failing a lie detector test.

According to court records, Skellie confessed to buying a shotgun, showed her how to use it and left it loaded while he went hunting. He told police she was despondent because of mental health problems.

Skellie is being held in Warren County Jail on $100,000 bail. It couldn’t be determined if he had a lawyer.

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