Suspicious mercy killer, 70, & # 39; killed his wife in the rehabilitation center after she begged him to end her life & # 39;

Authorities say that 70-year-old Thomas Ballenger (photo) fatally shot his wife Rebecca in an alleged genade in a rehabilitation center in Clinton, Mississippi, on Tuesday

Shocking video shows the moment at which suspect killer, 70, is arrested for fatally shooting his wife at a rehabilitation center in Mississippi after she has had a stroke and begged him to end her life & # 39;

  • Thomas Ballenger surrendered to the police after his wife Rebecca was found dead on Tuesday night in multiple bullet wounds in Clinton, Mississippi
  • The suspect told the police that the 70-year-old victim asked her husband to end her life because she had had a stroke and did not want to live like this.
  • Ballenger, a retired fireman, is accused of murder and denied bond

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Authorities say that 70-year-old Thomas Ballenger (photo) fatally shot his wife Rebecca in an alleged genade in a rehabilitation center in Clinton, Mississippi, on Tuesday

Authorities say that 70-year-old Thomas Ballenger (photo) fatally shot his wife Rebecca in an alleged genade in a rehabilitation center in Clinton, Mississippi, on Tuesday

A 70-year-old man has been accused of having shot his wife for 40 years in a rehabilitation center in Mississippi in what, according to the police, may have been a genade embassy.

Thomas Ballenger reportedly told investigators with the Clinton Police Department that he was killing his wife Rebecca, 70, because she had a stroke and said she did not want to live that way.

Rebecca was found dead Tuesday night with multiple bullet wounds in the Woodlands Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

Shocking video shows the moment when Thomas was arrested by the police after surrendering to the nursing staff outside the room of his wife after the shooting.

He has been accused of murder and has denied the bond.

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Shocking video shows the moment Thomas was arrested by the police

Shocking video shows the moment Thomas was arrested by the police

The 70-year-old had reportedly surrendered to the nursing staff

The 70-year-old had reportedly surrendered to the nursing staff

Shocking video shows the moment when Thomas was arrested by the police after surrender to the nursing staff outside his wife's room after the shooting at the end of Tuesday

After his arrest, Thomas told the police that he was depressed and felt guilty about his wife's stroke.

When asked if Thomas was suicidal, Clinton police told Lt. Josh Frazier about local news broadcasts: "We're watching him closely. & # 39;

The lieutenant also noted: & # 39; This is the saddest crime I have ever done.

& # 39; They were married. They were each other's shadows. They have given a lot about each other. But there is an indication that the victim said she did not want to live like that. & # 39;

Rebecca had been in the rehabilitation center since she had a stroke in November, according to WJTV.

Mercy murders are illegal in most states, including Mississippi.

The suspect is reportedly a retired fireman with a long history in the service of the Hinds County community.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon Jackson Fire Department said: "For the family of Thomas and Rebecca Ballenger this family has suffered a great loss. On behalf of Fire Chief, Willie G. Owens and the entire Jackson Fire Department, we are very sorry for your loss. Our condolences and prayers are at present with the whole family. & # 39;

Thomas has been accused of murder and refused the bail. He is pictured above in his mugshot

Thomas has been accused of murder and refused the bail. He is pictured above in his mugshot

Thomas has been accused of murder and refused the bail. He is pictured above in his mugshot

Rebecca was found dead from several gunshot wounds at the Woodlands Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center (above) where she had lived for about a month.

Rebecca was found dead from several gunshot wounds at the Woodlands Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center (above) where she had lived for about a month.

Rebecca was found dead from several gunshot wounds at the Woodlands Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center (above) where she had lived for about a month.

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