Man enters guilty plea in case of wife's death
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Jun 09, 2013 | 2696 views | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A man facing murder charges after a reported suicide pact left his wife dead entered this week a plea on a lesser count.

William Franklin Crabbs on Tuesday pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter before Superior Court Judge Scott Smith, according to District Attorney Rosemary Greene’s office.

Crabbs was indicted by a grand jury in 2012 on charges of murder — special presentment, two counts of felony murder — special presentment, voluntary manslaughter — special presentment, aggravated battery — special presentment and aggravated assault — special presentment.

According to the indictment, Crabbs was facing eviction and the inability to provide care for his wife, Susan Miles, who was physically immobilized at the time. On Feb. 11, 2011, Crabbs piped carbon monoxide into the room where Miles was located after he gave her an unknown amount of hydromorphone and zolpidem. The resulting mixture created an acute toxicity in Miles’ body, which resulted in her death on March 16, 2011.

Crabbs will be sentenced by Smith on Tuesday, June 25.