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81-year-old Man Arrested In Wife’s Death

HOUSTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — An 81-year-old Texas man has been charged with murder in the death of his 74-year-old wife, who was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head Sunday night.

Police went to the south Houston home of Johnny Walter Bass and his wife, Jewel Bass, to investigate reports that couple had not been heard from for a while, the Houston Chronicle reported. They said Johnny Bass confessed to shooting his wife.

Police said he told officers his wife was lying on the bed because he had shot her early Friday. Johnny Bass was arrested and charged with intentionally shooting his wife with a deadly weapon.

Neighbors reported they often heard the elderly couple yelling at each other as they did outside work around the house. Still, many were shocked at the apparent violence, saying the Basses were friendly and talkative.

“It’s horrible. It’s devastating,” said neighbor Cecil Bates. “They were good neighbors and didn’t bother nobody. What came over him, I don’t know.”

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