Police say Roy Charles Laird, 88, fatally shot his 86-year-old wife at a nursing home. Their daughter says it was a 'mercy killing.'
Through seven decades of marriage, Roy Charles Laird was by his wife's side.
After Clara got sick and started showing signs of dementia, he refused to hire nursing aides to help care for her. He insisted on doing everything himself — from washing her laundry to cooking her meals.
He was there nearly every day, a pained witness to her steady decline over the last five years.
He was also there at the end, according to Seal Beach police, who say that on Sunday around noon, 88-year-old Roy killed 86-year-old Clara with a single gunshot to the head at her nursing home.
He was arrested on suspicion of murder for what some who know them see as an act of love.
"It was a mercy killing," said their daughter, Kathy Palmateer, 68.
About three month
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