Arizona man murders his wife who had a stroke because he was struggling to pay her medical costs
According to court records, 45-year-old Jonathan Conaway killed his wife because her 'medical needs led to financial problems' after she suffered a stroke
An Arizona man physically assaulted his wife with a wrench before strangling her to death because she had apparently become a "burden" to him after having a stoke.
According to a probable cause statement, dispatch received a phone call from 45-year-old Jonathan Conaway on Monday, reporting the death of his wife of 14 years, Janice.
The document also stated that a responding officer found Conaway sitting on a chair by the front door of the couple's residence in Phoenix just after 9 am on Monday. "I killed my wife, she is inside," Conaway told the officer in a "spontaneous statement", People reports.
Authorities said they found the 43-year-old victim and mother-of-two lying on the living room couch upon entering the home "with obvious trauma to her head, a wrench on the floor and a belt lying on the floor."
According to local TV station KPNX, Conaway told police he used the belt to strangle her to death after hitting her on the head with the wrench. Shockingly, he even ensured she was dead by shining a light in her eyes before dialing 911.
The probable cause document summarized Conaway's statements saying, "Jonathan and Janice have been having problems since they were married 14 years ago.
The problems became worse after Janice had a stroke and Jonathan had to take care of her. Janice’s medical needs also led to financial problems. The money problems became worse when Jonathan lost his job two weeks ago. The family was in debt and Jonathan felt like a failure and viewed Janice as a burden."
This is 45-year-old Jonathan Conaway. He’s in jail tonight accused of killing his wife. pic.twitter.com/8VBOBm8oRf— Maria Hechanova (@MariaHechanova) December 19, 2018
Police said the deranged husband had lost his job and "had been thinking about killing his wife as a possible solution to his problems." He decided to execute his plan on Monday when Janice came back from her job as a campus assistant with the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Their two sons were in school at the time.
"Jonathan killed Janice so their boys did not have to take care of her and require them using a substantial amount of money," the probable cause statement alleges. According to local TV station KSAZ, Conaway is being held behind bars in Maricopa County on suspicion of first-degree murder with a $1 million bond. It is yet to be determined if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf or if he has entered a plea deal.