- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) - An 80-year-old Pennsylvania man who told police he had a suicide pact with his wife has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on a charge he killed her.

Thursday’s waiver means Edward Friday must stand trial or cut a plea deal with Westmoreland County prosecutors in the death of 82-year-old Wilma Jean Friday.

Rostraver police say they found her bleeding from a large neck wound May 22.

Police say Edward Friday told them the couple had a suicide pact and he cut his wife’s throat because she couldn’t do it herself. Police say Friday then slit his wrists and took 20 painkillers but survived. She died two days later.

District Attorney John Peck says Friday didn’t assist in a suicide: “He killed her.”

Friday’s attorney declined to comment.

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