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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Man Kills Wife of 66 Years, Claims She No Longer Loved Him

Man Kills Wife of 66 Years, Claims She No Longer Loved Him

Authorities in Ohio have jailed an elderly man accused of killing his wife of 66 years, allegedly because she said she no longer loved him.

"They had been arguing off and on, and at some point in time she told him that she didn't love him anymore," Copley Township Police Chief Michael Mier told AOL News. "They continued to argue, and he reached for a gun he had close at hand in the bedroom and shot her one time in the face."

According to Mier, Glenn Leo Burbridge, 86, is being held at the Summit County Jail on a $100,000 bond and is charged with murdering his 83-year-old wife, Alice. He is scheduled to appear in court later this week.

Burbridge was arrested late Wednesday after he called 911 and requested assistance at his home in Copley, a small township located about 30 miles south of Cleveland.

"Get me an ambulance here. Emergency, emergency ... I just shot my wife," Burbridge told the emergency dispatcher. "I'm going to commit suicide is what I'm going to do."

The dispatcher was able to successfully convince Burbridge not to kill himself and to wait at the door for police. He complied and did not give responding officers any difficulties when they arrived on the scene, police said.

"He allowed them in, [and] they found her in bed," Mier said. "She was alive, and she was talking to the officers as they administered first aid."

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the Burbridges had been married since 1944 and moved to Ohio from Virginia in the 1980s. They raised three children and at one time operated a local antenna and satellite service company.

The elderly grandparents had no prior run-ins with the law, police said.

"They have lived in our community for a long time, and there have never been any problems with them or anything of that nature. They are just an older couple," Mier said.

Alice Burbridge sustained a gunshot wound to the face from a .38-caliber revolver. While she was conscious at the time she was transported to Akron General Medical Center, her injury proved to be too severe for her to survive, and she died at 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

Burbridge had initially been charged with attempted murder, but the charge was upgraded following his wife's death. Mier said additional charges could be filed.

"It is always a possibility after this goes to the grand jury [that] they may add on additional charges of domestic violence and that sort of thing," he said.
Mier said that while Burbridge appears to be of sound mind, his wife may have been suffering from the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

"There is some indication that she was starting into that, but that hasn't really been verified," the police chief said. "That is coming from some family members and some folks who knew them, so I suppose that could have contributed to this. They [indicated that] because she was starting to lose her faculties. She was more argumentative than she normally would be."

Burbridge's attorney, Kerry O'Brien, did not immediately return calls for comment from AOL News. According to The Associated Press, O'Brien plans to enter a not guilty plea on his client's behalf. 

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