COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- An 88-year-old central Missouri man has been charged with fatally stabbing his 86-year-old wife.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Donald Marvin Rowland was charged Friday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. The Boone County prosecutor requested cash-only bond of $1 million, but it was not clear Friday night if Rowland was jailed. Court records did not list a lawyer.
Columbia police were called Friday afternoon to the home Rowland shared with his wife, Betty, after an adult daughter reported finding them in their bed.
Police said in a probable-cause statement that Betty Rowland was stabbed in the chest and Donald Rowland had what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries.
Investigators said Rowland told officers he did not want the couple to be a burden on their family.