Columbus man tells 911 dispatcher he stabbed his wife

COLUMBUS (AP) — A central Ohio man told a 911 dispatcher that he had never hurt his wife before and didn’t know why he fatally stabbed her.

The Columbus Dispatch reported details on the 911 call today.

Columbus police said Leif Mortensen called 911 Wednesday afternoon and reported that his 74-year-old wife Margaret was dead in the kitchen of their home. Authorities say he then tried to cut his own throat. He was taken to a hospital and is facing a murder charge.

Police have said 72-year-old Leif Mortensen told them he wasn’t taking drugs or drinking.

Stunned neighbors told reporters that the Mortensens seemed like nice, friendly people.

Police said it was the 10th homicide in Columbus so far this year.

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