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Cops: 90-year-old SC man killed wife with hatchet

Jun 1, 2010 5:14:00 PM - thestate.com
A 90-year-old South Carolina man was charged with murder after authorities say he killed his wife with a hatchet following an argument, authorities said Tuesday.

Deputies arrested William David Martin at around 7:30 a.m. at his home in Moore, about 85 miles northwest of Columbia, after receiving a call about a domestic disturbance, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said.

Inside the home, deputies found 85-year-old Jeanette C. Martin lying on the floor of her bedroom. William Martin was sitting in the living room with his grandson, who had called 911. Jeffrey Bulman, 46, had stopped by to check on his grandparents and took the hatchet from his grandfather before authorities arrived, deputies said.

Jeanette Martin was taken to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. William Martin was checked out at a hospital before he was booked into the Spartanburg County jail on a murder charge, authorities said.

Bond had not been set for Martin as of Tuesday afternoon, and it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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