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Police: Upstate NY man helped wife commit suicide; husband, 69, charged with manslaughter

Authorities have charged a New York man with manslaughter after police say he helped his wife commit suicide.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports (http://bit.ly/UZc8Ln) that 59-year-old Kathy Skellie was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday morning at the home she shared with her husband in Glens Falls, 45 miles north of Albany.

According to court records, 69-year-old Willard Skellie confessed to buying a shotgun, showing her how to use it and leaving it loaded while he went hunting. He told police she was despondent because of mental health problems.

Police say Skellie was questioned and charged Sunday with second-degree manslaughter after failing a lie detector test.

He is being held in Warren County Jail on $100,000 bail. It couldn't be determined if he had a lawyer.

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Information from: The Post-Star, http://www.poststar.com

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