Anchorage resident Duane Marvin, 91, was wheeled into court on Wednesday, crying. He has been accused of fatally shooting his wife. According to NBC affiliate station KTUU, Marvin could be heard saying "my wife..." as he was wheeled into the courtroom. He was wearing headphones and weeping.
Marvin is facing charges that include murder in the first and second degree for the death of his 92-year-old Charlotte Marvin, his wife. The elderly man is also being charged with tampering with physical evidence. His granddaughter, Gena Powers, told the judge that Marvin suffers from dementia.
Marvin's defense attorney, Jon Buchholdt said the woman’s death was an accident. "He didn't shoot his wife on purpose, he stumbled and fell and in the falling of it and the police knew that and yet they send him to jail knowing the condition he's in," Buchholdt said. "He's like a child, this man, you do not put a child in jail."
On Tuesday, police said that Marvin was charged based on the evidence.
"Based on the facts that we had, we had no choice, but to charge with murder one and murder two," Anchorage Police Department Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz said.
Police don't know of any motive for the shooting. According to police document obtained by the Alaska Dispatch News, Marvin told investigators: "I killed my wife and I don't know why."
"I don't know what happened" and "I had no reason to do anything to my wife" were other statements he gave investigators, according to CBS News.
Investigators said that Marvin shot his wife, hid the gun in a cabinet and then walked to a neighbor's home to report the death.
Marvin has been released to his family for now. He is a U.S. Navy war veteran of WWII. His next court hearing will be a pre-indictment hearing.