By Antonio Planas — NBC News
An 84-year-old Pennsylvania man is accused of beating his wife to death after an argument over money for their cat's veterinary care.
Barton Seltmann was taken into custody Tuesday after police found his wife, 85-year-old Margaret Seltmann, dead at the couple's home in Lower Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Chief said in a joint statement. Richard Bell.
Barton Seltmann, the 84-year-old man arrested after police found his wife, 85-year-old Margaret Seltmann, dead.
The couple was arguing "about money for their cat's veterinary care when the fight turned physical," the statement read. "Evidence found at the scene indicated that the victim was struck multiple times in the head as he lay on the kitchen floor."
Barton Seltmann himself called 911 to report an "unresponsive woman," authorities said. When they arrived, police officers found the man in the back of the home with "blood on his hands, face and clothing," according to authorities.
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Barton Seltmann initially told 911 operators that he believed his wife was dead and that someone "hit her," NBC Philadelphia reported. He later confessed that he beat her to death after she grabbed a knife and threatened to kill him.
Seltmann claimed he pushed the legs of a chair against his wife, according to a probable cause affidavit. He then told investigators that the victim fell backwards and hit his head on the ground, the network said.
The man claimed he didn't see a knife in his wife's hand, but he still shot her down repeatedly and then used a candlestick to hit her in the head, the station added. Seltmann testified that his wife told him "you're killing me."
Investigators found a small kitchen knife under Margaret Seltmann's body, the network said.
A forensic pathologist with the Montgomery County coroner's office determined the woman's cause of death was blunt force trauma and ruled it a homicide, the district attorney's office determined.
Seltmann has been charged with first- and third-degree murder, according to online court records. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 5 December. Court records do not stipulate an attorney who can comment on your behalf.