88-Year-old Missouri man charged with killing wife - KMOV.com

88-Year-old Missouri man charged with killing wife

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

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.

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