A 68-year-old Columbia woman, Carol Kring Ross, was arrested Thursday in connection with the May 11 death of her 69-year-old paraplegic husband, Larry Manning Ross.
Ross, a former nurse of 23 years, is charged with murder, accused of giving her husband of 47 years an overdose of medications, some of which had been prescribed for him and some which were held in her name, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said in a statement.
Authorities were called to the Ross house on Bee Ridge Road in a subdivision behind the Spring Valley Country Club shortly before 6 p.m. May 4 by a family friend.
The neighbor said the couple’s 12-year-old adopted daughter told her that when she got home from school her parents were arguing and her father said her mother had “given him too many pills,.” according to the sheriff’s department. The neighbor called police after she tried unsuccessfully to revive Ross.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the house, however, Carol Ross was not there and Larry Ross was “unresponsive in bed.” He was taken to the Veterans Administration Hospital where he died a week later.