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Missouri man confesses to strangling 72-year-old wife because he couldn’t afford medical care

A Missouri man confessed to strangling his ailing wife in her hospital bed because he could not afford to pay for her medical care, according to court records.

Ronnie Wiggs was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, who died Saturday in the Kansas City suburb of Independence. He made his initial court appearance on Monday and a hearing was set for Thursday to review his $250,000 bond.

The victim’s name has not yet been released. She was at Centerpoint Medical Center on Friday to get a new port for her dialysis when she suddenly became unresponsive, according to a probable cause affidavit. Hospital staff were able to regain her pulse, but ultimately determined she was braindead and made arrangements to harvest her organs.

She was formally pronounced dead on Saturday and her husband left the hospital shortly thereafter. Wiggs later returned to the medical facility with the woman’s son, where workers heard him say, “I did it, I killed her, I choked her,” according to the affidavit.

A witness later pointed out injuries on the victim’s neck that seemed suspicious, according to the court document. She also suffered a fresh wound in the middle of her throat.

Wiggs was arrested at the scene and later confessed to his wife’s murder, telling authorities that he covered her nose and mouth to keep her from screaming while he strangled her, the statement said. He added that he was depressed and couldn’t handle the caregiving and bills. He further admitted to a previous attempt to kill her while she was at a rehabilitation facility, but she woke up and told him stop, according to court documents.

Wiggs also said he planned other murder attempts in the past, but he did not follow through because his wife had been hooked up to monitors at the time.


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