Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Gwinnett, GA: Cops: Gwinnett man, 70, strangled wife

A 70-year-old Gwinnett County man remained hospitalized Tuesday afternoon, a day after he strangled his wife and then tried to kill himself, police said.

Officers were dispatched to a home on Summerfield Way, in the Sycamore Crossing neighborhood of Bethesda School Road near Lawrenceville, around 4:30 p.m. Monday for a welfare check after the couple did not show up for a meeting, Cpl. Ed Ritter said Monday evening.

Inside the stucco ranch home, officers found 62-year-old Eva Blatt dead and her husband, Alex Blatt, in medical distress, Ritter said. Police declined to say how the man attempted to kill himself in the apparent homicide and attempted suicide.

Alex Blatt was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he was in critical condition Monday night, Ritter said.

Investigators at the scene Monday planned to execute a search warrant at the home, Ritter said. A motive had not yet been determined, he said Tuesday.

The woman's death, if determined to be a homicide, would be the 11th in unincorporated Gwinnett County this year.

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