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88-year-old jailed on charge of murdering wife

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COLUMBIA, MO (AP) – An 88-year-old Missouri man accused of stabbing his wife to death is jailed on $1 million cash bond after spending a week in a hospital with self-inflicted wounds.

Donald Rowland, of Columbia, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 86-year-old Betty Rowland on Oct. 31. Donald Rowland did not have a lawyer Friday.

An adult daughter called police after going to the couple’s home and finding them together in bed, both with stab wounds. Betty Rowland was pronounced dead at the scene.

Donald was released from a hospital Thursday and booked into the Boone County Jail.

Police say Rowland told officers he killed his wife and tried to take his own life because he didn’t want them to be a burden on their family.