New York Man Charged with Assisting Wife's Suicide

Bought her a gun and taught her to use it


A Glens Falls man was charged with manslaughter on Sunday because, according to police, he helped his mentally ill wife commit suicide last week by buying a gun for her, teaching her to use it and loading it before leaving her alone in their home.

Willard F. Skellie, 69, of Leonard Street, was charged with second-degree manslaughter after an investigation into the death of his wife, 59-year-old Kathy Skellie, over the weekend.

The charge is brought under a subsection of the law that alleging a person "intentionally causes or aids another person to commit suicide."