Florida man accused of fatally shooting wife because they allegedly couldn’t afford medicine

Posted at 4:39 PM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 16:39:27-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- William Hager, 86, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., had a cup of coffee, and called his daughters before calling 911, saying he had shot his wife Carolyn to death.

Police say when they arrived at Hager's home, they expected a stand-off. Instead he told officers that he had bad news and led them straight to the woman's body who was lying on the bed with a gunshot wound to her head.

Hager told authorities he shot her because she was in very poor health and he could no longer pay for her medication.

According to the arrest affidavit obtained by local media in Florida, Hager had confessed that he considered shooting his 78-year-old wife for several days because her pain was too severe.

Hager now faces a charge of first-degree murder.