In KANSAS CITY, Missouri, a man threw his seriously ill wife four stories to her death because he could no longer afford to pay for her medical care, prosecutors said in charging him with second-degree murder.
Stanley Reimer was taken away from the scene by ambulance Tuesday evening.
According to court documents filed Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court, Stanley Reimer walked his wife to the balcony of their apartment and kissed her before throwing her over.
The body of Criste Reimer, 47, was found Tuesday night outside the apartment building, near the upscale Country Club Plaza shopping district.
Stanley Reimer, 51, appeared dazed when authorities arrived. He was taken away from the scene by ambulance.
Reimer was charged Wednesday. He remained jailed on $250,000 bond and was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.
In the probable cause statement filed with the charges, police said Reimer was desperate because he could not pay the bills for his wife’s treatment for neurological problems and uterine cancer.
Investigators said that Reimer was in the apartment when they arrived. He told them, “She didn’t jump,” but did not elaborate, they said. Watch police respond to the grim scene »
Criste Reimer’s caregiver told police she could barely walk and would not have been able to climb over the railing of the balcony, according to the probable cause statement.
Reimer’s alleged motive emerged after several more hours of questioning, police said.
According to Jackson County Probate Court records, Criste Reimer had been in ill health for several years. Her weight had fallen to 75 pounds and she was partly blind.
According to the court records, she had no health insurance to pay for medical bills that ranged from $700 to $800 per week.
The Probate Court documents were filed in April, when Stanley Reimer petitioned to be allowed to sell personal property his wife owned in Wheeler County, Texas, for $20,000.
The documents listed her assets at approximately $6,700, with monthly income of $725 from oil royalties and Supplemental Security Income.
It was not immediately known if Stanley Reimer had an attorney.
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This is a tuff one, Baby Boomers…should a man who can’t take care of his wife and watches her waste away, eaten up with cancer…be allowed the defence as temporary insanity? When he ends her pain and suffering? And perhpas he planned it???
Why aren’t senior citizens given more health care…why aren’t our troops given better benifits?
What is worng with this counrty where we send billions over seas and have people starving and dying here from lack of health care and food progams for the elderly???
Just some food for thought…
~The Baby Boomer Queen~