Delano Grangruth well-known detectives that he drank, poured oil on his disabled wife before lighting her on fire, police said.
(Norfolk Sheriff’s Office )
A Virginia man, drunk on rum after a quarrel over money with his disabled spouse, poured oil on the woman and set her on fire in April, a detective, said at a hearing Monday.
Delano Grangruth, 58, reportedly confessed to the murder and was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kathleen White-Grangruth, 61.
Norfolk police Detective Bill Cogswell testified that Grangruth initially refused to know about the 17 April fire, the Virginian-Pilot reported. The detective said Grangruth confessed after hours of questions, telling authorities he had attacked her in a drunken rage after they argued for three days about money.
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Grangruth told the police that he drank for the first time in years after the fight. In a fit of rage, he poured the gasoline over his wife, put her in fire, panic, and then left, ” he said.
Firefighters went to the house in Norfolk after White-Grangruth the caregiver 911 when no one answered the door. The woman’s charred body was found in a chair over a candle. A rescuer said that she was suffering from dementia and schizophrenia, and needed a wheelchair after a hip operation.
Judge Lauri Hogge there was “enough evidence against Grangruth” to send his case to a grand jury.
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“They were very hard to watch,” Hogge said of the photos of White-Grangruth the charred body.
Grangruth told reporters in April he is “not a monster.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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