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NC woman, 85, shoots husband; claimed mistreatment

CONNELLY SPRINGS, NC (AP) — An 85-year-old North Carolina woman has been charged with killing her husband a day after complaining to authorities the man was abusing her emotionally.

Janey Stilwell Brittain of Connelly Springs was charged with murder hours after reporting Tuesday that she shot her husband.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arriving at the couple’s home found Robert Brittain dead. His wife was jailed without bond. It wasn’t clear if she has a lawyer.

Sheriff Steve Whisenant says Janey Brittain told deputies Monday she was a victim of emotional abuse, but authorities found no signs of physical harm. The sheriff said after learning she could not file charges against her husband, deputies took her to a battered women’s shelter.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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