Man Kills Wife at Nursing Home
November 22, 2010
A man killed his wife of 70 years by shooting her as she lay in her bed at a California nursing home, police said.
Roy Charles Laird, 88, killed his 86-year-old wife, Clara, who was a resident at the Country Villa Health Care Center in Seal Beach.
The Lairds' daughter described the incident as a "mercy killing," saying her mother had been suffering from dementia for over five years.
Roy Laird had cared for his wife himself at home until she was admitted to the nursing home three months ago. Since then, he has been visiting her three times a day to feed her her meals.
Police were called to the nursing facility at around noon on Sunday, where they found Clara dead. Her husband was arrested after handing police a .38-caliber revolver.