Jonathan Conaway allegedly killed his wife and told the police she was a burden after a stroke.
(Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)
An Arizona man accused of killing his wife told the police she was a burden after a stroke.
Jonathan Conaway, 45, Of Phoenix, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder on Monday for allegedly killing his wife of 14 years, a 43-year-old Janice Conaway, police said.
Janice Conaway was found on a couch in the couple’s north Phoenix home. A key, and a belt were found near the body of the victim, according to court documents.
Jonathan Conaway told the police that he struck his wife with the key, and used the belt to strangle her, the Arizona Republic reported, citing court documents.
The woman had traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Jonathan Conaway officers told him and his wife cope with personal and financial problems. He also told the police he had lost his job recently and didn’t want the couple’s two children to the care of their sick mother.
He remains jailed on $1 million bond.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.