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An 86-year-old man has reportedly killed his sickly wife because he could no longer afford her mounting hospital bills.

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William Hager who hails from Port St Lucie in Florida, had shot his wife, Carolyn Hager in the head with his Colt .32 revolver as she had slept.

Carolyn Hager play

Carolyn Hager



The reports reveal that Hager had apologised to the officer at the scene, for letting his daughters know of what he had done before calling the police.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office disclosed on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 that the victim, 78, had been sick with multiple illnesses for many years now.

Hager also adds that his wife had, prior to his dastardly action, revealed that she wanted to die, but had never actually asked him to end her life.

The elderly man also said he could no longer afford to buy Carolyn's medication and had been considering ending his wife's life for some days.

A sheriff’s deputy tells TC Palm that Hager had shown remorse, adding that he “was very clear that he was out of options in his mind.”

Hager and his wife described as avid gardeners by one of their neighbours, had been married for over 50 years.

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The reports reveal that Hager has been charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond at the moment.

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