“Yes, I killed her and then killed myself,” Harry Irwin reportedly asked paramedics. “Why am I awake?”
According to police, the couple’s daughter arrived at the home Wednesday morning and found the bloodied Mrs. in the bedroom, and a bloody and unconscious Harry sitting in his recliner with self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest.
Harry later told police that his wife Grace had been arguing and screaming all night and he just couldn’t take it anymore, so he finally just “did her in.” He said he tried to stab himself in the heart afterwards, but must have aimed too low and hit a rib instead.
Harry went on to say that he didn’t remember exactly how he killed her, he just knew that he did.
The couple’s daughter said Harry called her at about 6:30 that morning and requested that she come to the house at 9 a.m. She told police that her father indicated that her mother was dead. It has been reported that a suicide note was found at the scene.
Paramedics who responded to the scene confirmed they found blood on Grace’s head but would not say how she died.
Harry remains hospitalized, but has been charged with second-degree murder.
“Given the facts, a murder charge was warranted,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said. “No victim deserves someone else deciding when they will die.”