Florida man, 86, shoots wife because he can't afford her medicine

Florida man, 86, shoots wife because he can't afford her medicine

Hager told police he'd shot his wife while she slept because she was in poor health and the couple could no longer afford her medication, according to the affidavit.

Police were later called to Hager's home just before 1 p.m., where they found Carolyn in their bedroom, covered by a blanket with a gunshot wound to her head.

Hager told St. Lucie County Sheriff's investigators that his wife was ill and they couldn't afford the medication. He said that his wife had stated in the past that she wanted to die, but had never specifically asked him to kill her.

During his confession, the pensioner told detectives he'd been contemplating shooting his wife for days. He said he used a.32-caliber revolver he pulled from a nightstand.

Adding: 'Hager stated Carolyn had a lot of illnesses and other ailments which required numerous medications.

She said something needs to be done to make prescription medications for severe medical conditions more affordable.

He's now facing murder charges in the St. Lucie County Jail.

A neighbour told the outlet she knew Carolyn Hager was in pain. "He had a gun in the house and he asked me to shoot him, and I couldn't do it. He suffered so badly and there's nothing you can do". She said the circumstances of the death were hard for her, saying Hospice has services available. "He felt that he was at a point that this was his only course of action", says the chief deputy in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "He showed emotion and he was very clear that he was out of options in his mind", said Wilson.