Police say Ohio man stabbed wife, then himself

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say they are trying to determine why a 72-year-old central Ohio man fatally stabbed his wife and then tried to cut his own throat.

Columbus police said Leif Mortensen called 911 Wednesday afternoon and reported that his 74-year-old wife Margaret was dead in the kitchen of their home.

Leif Mortensen met officers outside the house with wounds to his neck. He was taken to a hospital and is reported to be in stable condition. He is facing a murder charge.

Stunned neighbors told reporters that the Mortensens seemed like nice, friendly people.

Police said it was the 10th homicide in Columbus so far this year.

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