Monday, September 30, 2013
Las Vegas Man Attempts Suicide After Drowning Wife
On Saturday, September 28th Las Vegas Metro Police responded to a home after a man called and said he had attempted suicide at the residence. At the scene, however, officers discovered the body of a woman lying next to the pool in the backyard.
Upon finding the woman’s body in the backyard, Metro Police officers surrounded the home with their weapons drawn. Soon after the husband emerged from the house with a rope around his neck and surrendered to officers. He was treated for minor injuries at UMC before being booked at Clark County Detention Center and charged with one count of murder.
According to reports, an argument between a husband and wife turned physical in the early morning. The altercation went into their backyard and the man and woman fell into their pool, where the struggle continued. Homicide detectives believe the husband drowned his wife during the altercation in the pool, and then attempted to kill himself.
Neighbors were shocked to learn of the incident, and said that they had no reason to suspect that there was trouble inside the home. Detectives will continue investigating to put together a clear picture of what led to this tragic incident.
Nevada law defines murder as “the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought.” The offense is always charged as a felony and carries extreme consequences. Penalties for conviction vary depending upon whether the defendant was charged with first or second degree murder, but can include prison sentences of 25 years to life in prison, or even the death sentence.