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Illinois man killed wife in the hot tub after a night of drinking, police say

Eric Huska, 58, was indicted for involuntary manslaughter.
(Wheeling Police)

An Illinois couple of days of drinking in their backyard hot tub ended up in the death, police said Tuesday.

Eric Huska, 58, was charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly killing his wife, Laura Huska, on Saturday, by the closing of the lid to the couple hot tub, while they are still in the water, the Daily Herald reported. Laura Huska was found to react on Saturday evening in the hot tub in the couple of Wheeling home.

Surveillance video reportedly showed the Huskas drink in the hot tub before the 57-year-old woman started to make her way. As they struggle to get to the hot tub, Eric Huska was allegedly seen trying to help her, but then closing the lid.

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He walked up to the house, which Laura caught in the hot tub, the Daily Herald reported, adding video showed her attempting to free herself from under the cover for all forms of movement stopped.

“For whatever reason, he has the hood over her head,” Wheeling Deputy Chief Todd Wolff told the Daily Herald. “We are sure alcohol was a major factor.”

Eric said to date back to the hot tub about 90 minutes later and found his wife’s body floating in the water. He called 911 about 6:45 p.m. and paramedics arrived and took Laura to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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Laura Huska’s death was ruled due to drowning entrapment.

Eric Huska was arrested and appeared in court Tuesday, where a judge granted his release. He faces three to 14 years in prison if convicted for involuntary manslaughter.

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