86-year-old William Hager is in jail after admiting he shot his wife because her medications were no longer affordable and she was in pain
An elderly man has been charged with murder in Florida after he told police that he had shot and killed his ailing wife because her medications were no longer affordable and she was in pain.
William Hager, 86, was being held without bond in jail after admitting that he had shot his wife, Carolyn, in the head as she slept in their home in Port St Lucie, according to an arrest affidavit released by the St Lucie county sheriffs office.
Hager called the 911 emergency line at 1pm on Monday, several hours after the fatal shooting, the affidavit said. Hager told authorities that after the shooting he went to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, and called his daughters to tell them what he had done.
I want to apologize I didnt call earlier. I wanted to tell my kids what happened first, Hager told authorities, according to the affidavit.
Hager said that he had been thinking of killing his wife, 78, for several days because she was in pain. While she had told him that she wanted to die in the past, she never asked him to kill her, according to the affidavit.
Hager was being held on a charge of first-degree, premeditated murder after an initial court appearance on Tuesday, the sheriffs office said.
Local broadcaster WPTV reported that the couple had filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and that Carolyn Hager had been suffering from severe arthritis and other medical issues for 15 years.
The AARP, a non-profit advocacy organization for people 50 years and older, said in a report last November that increasing costs for certain specialty prescription drugs have put them out of reach for many people and that Medicare does not necessarily make those drugs affordable.
Authorities did not say what specific drugs Carolyn Hager was taking nor what kind of insurance the couple may have had.