Saturday, September 20, 2008

Husband arrested in attempted murder


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested an 84-year-old man on Wednesday evening for allegedly attempting to murder his wife via carbon monoxide poisoning while simultaneously attempting to take his own life.
Sgt. Alex Tipolt, a Sheriff’s Department spokesman, said when deputies arrived at the couples’ home in the 4700 block of Third Street in Carpinteria, they found a car parked in the driveway with its engine running. He said a hose led from the car’s exhaust pipe into the residence.

“Deputies contacted a male in the residence, and a female lying in her bed in a rear room,” Tipolt said.
He said both people were conscious and coherent when authorities arrived.
“Deputies were able to arrive early enough to stop the plot before it evolved,” Tipolt said.
The 85-year-old woman and her husband, identified as James Wheeler, were both transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
Wheeler was arrested at the scene. He was booked into county jail where he is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Tipolt said authorities were notified of the situation by one of the couples’ neighbors.


Anonymous said...

I would not judge this person until I knew his reason. Since we don't have compassionate euthanization in this state, people end up taking drastic measures.

Anonymous said...

This is a case of the extreme burnout that comes when family members are faced with Alzheimer's care on their own. It is a trajedy and not "a plot."

This couple are among the sanest and kindest I have known and I have known them for over fifty years.