72-Year-Old Man Charged With Murder In Wife’s Stabbing Death


UPDATED: Friday February 22, 2013 9:05 AM

A man was indicted on a murder charge in connection with his wife’s stabbing death.

According to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, Leif H. Mortensen was indicted on one count of murder and one count of tampering with evidence after allegedly stabbing his wife, 74-year-old Margaret Mortensen, on Feb. 13 at the couple’s home in the 4900 block of Kingpin Drive.

Prosecutors said that Mortensen then tried to kill himself with the same knife that he used to stab his wife. He was hospitalized and released.

Mortensen’s calls to 911 described him admitting to stabbing his wife.

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

If Mortensen is convicted on both charges, he could face more than 15 years in prison.

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Previous Stories:
February 15, 2013: 911 Call: 72-Year-Old Man ‘Can’t Explain’ Why He Stabbed Wife To Death
February 13, 2013: Police Identify 74-Year-Old Woman Stabbed To Death

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