Man who suffocated wife guilty of manslaughter
CLEARWATER - A jury on Thursday found a St. Petersburg man guilty of manslaughter in the death of his ill wife last year. Albert Crandall, 56, went on trial Tuesday on the more serious offense of second-degree murder.Crandall was accused of suffocating his wife, Judith Lee Davis, 61, with a pillow at the apartment they shared at Palmway Village apartments, 661 77th Ave. N., in April 2012. He then tried to kill himself by cutting his wrists but survived. He sent his sister an email on April 21, saying he and Judith were going to “depart from this world,” but his sister didn’t read the message until the following day. Once she did, she called 911 and rushed over, according to police reports. The sister, Marlea Roberts, told St. Petersburg police her sister-in-law had bipolar disorder and suffered from a severe intestinal problem that caused her to lose weight, reports say. Davis was 80 to 90 pounds, her stomach was bloated and she was in severe pain, Roberts said. Roberts also told police her brother was overwhelmed by caring for his wife and had lost several jobs as a result. Judith did not have any medical insurance, and the medical bills were piling up, she told police. Crandall will be sentenced at a future date.
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