An 82-year-old man, who neighbors said frequently showed affection toward his invalid wife, has been charged with first-degree murder after an autopsy showed that a catheter in the woman's throat had been cut, police said.
William Campbell of the first block of S. Abington St. in the South Hilton area is accused of killing Marguerite Campbell, 79. He is being held at the Southwest District pending a bail hearing.
Police spokesman Sam Ringgold said police and a medic crew found the woman dead about 4 a.m. Tuesday after they arrived at the couple's home in response to a report of a sick person.
The woman's death was declared a homicide after an autopsy indicated Tuesday evening that the catheter had been severed causing her to bleed profusely, Mr. Ringgold said.
When asked if the woman's death appeared to be a mercy killing, Mr. Ringgold said there was no evidence of that and declined further comment.
Qiana Carr, 15, a neighbor of the Campbells, said the couple always seemed pleasant toward each other and their neighbors.
Another neighbor said the couple had been married for at least 50 years.
Miss Carr said that Mrs. Campbell was on dialysis at Bon Secours Hospital three times a week and that her leg had been amputated, reportedly due to diabetes.