Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kent County, MI: Kent Co. man, 73, headed to trial in death of wife

Associated Press

2:01 AM CST, November 24, 2009


A 73-year-old Grand Rapids-area man is headed to trial in the death of his longtime wife.

Agostino Comella of Byron Township waived a probable cause hearing Monday and will be tried on a second-degree murder charge.

Authorities tell The Grand Rapids Press Comella became increasingly frustrated by caring for his dementia-stricken wife, 70-year-old Ella May Comella, and pushed her, causing her head to strike either a wall or a ceramic tile floor last month.

WOOD-TV reports Agostino Comella's lawyer asked for a reduction in bond, but the prosecutor fought that request Monday. He remained jailed on $500,000 bond.

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