Stephen Kruspe confessed to shooting and killing his 61-year-old wife. According to the husband, she was suffering so much, she just wanted to die.
But, mercy killings are not legal in the state of Florida.
Monday, the 62-year-old Florida man was arrested for killing his wife of 42 years, Pamela Kruspe. Police charged him with premeditated murder.
Authorities say he called Boynton Beach police and told them where to find his wife’s body. It was outside the Parkside Inn Assisted Living Facility.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Pamela Kruspe had been suffering from mental illness and dementia. Her conditioned had worsened drastically over the last couple of months.
Stephen Kruspe told police that his wife had asked him to kill her repeatedly. Although he struggled over the decision, he finally agreed to do it for her.
He says he did it because it was breaking his heart to watch her keep getting sicker. But, cops aren’t buying his “mercy killing” defense.
The father of three checked his wife out of the facility Monday evening and then signed her back in.
He then left the facility again through a side door to get his gun from the car.
Stephen shot his wife in the chest and told police that as she slumped to the ground dying she had a smile on her face.
He also said he gave his wife a hug and a kiss and hoped she was finally at peace.
Stephen called 911 himself and stayed on the phone with the operator until police arrived.
In an interview after the shooting, he told cops that he was willing to sacrifice anything to get his wife “where she wanted to be,” the Sun Sentinel reports.
Stephen is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail without bond.