- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) - A southern New Hampshire man has admitted to pulling the trigger in the fatal shooting of his 61-year-old wife at their home in April 2015.

WMUR-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1oAUJPi ) Joseph Lawrence pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of second-degree murder stemming from the death of his wife Darlene, who was found in the couple’s Merrimack home.

Assistant Attorney General Jay McCormack says Lawrence told his wife on the morning of April 30, 2015 that she looked nice in her suit before shooting her in the neck.

Lawrence initially told police that he struggled with his wife over a .38-caliber revolver that accidentally fired, causing her death. In a second interview with investigators he admitted to the crime.

Prosecutors are expected to ask for a minimum sentence of 28 years in prison.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, https://wmur.com


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