911 Call: 72-Year-Old Man ‘Can’t Explain’ Why He Stabbed Wife To Death


UPDATED: Friday February 15, 2013 7:28 AM

A newly released 911 call details the minutes after a man allegedly stabbed his wife to death in their north Columbus Home.

According to the 911 call, 72-year-old Leif H. Mortensen admitted to stabbing his wife to death inside of their home, located in the 4900 block of Kingpin Drive, shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Mortensen’s wife, Margaret R. Mortensen, 74, was pronounced dead at the scene a short while later.

“I killed her, I’m trying to tell you,” Mortensen told a 911 dispatcher. “I don’t know why I did, I just did.”

Mortensen said that he also tried to kill himself by stabbing himself in the throat.

The man also told dispatchers that he had not taken any drugs or consumed any alcohol at the time he admitted to killing his wife.

“I don’t know why, I can’t explain that,” Mortensen said.

Mortensen was taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital in critical condition, where he was later stabilized. He was expected to survive his injuries.

The woman’s stabbing death is still under investigation.

It was unknown what, if any, charges Mortensen would face in connection with his wife’s death.

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