Husband stabs, kills wife and dog in Harrington Sunday morning, calls 911 on himself
A Harrington man was arrested after Delaware State Police said he stabbed and killed his wife and dog Sunday morning.
Richard W. Nelson, 69, called 911 around 11:50 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, and told dispatchers he had killed his wife, 74-year-old Sandra Nelson, and dog, according to police.
A Harrington police officer was first to arrive in the 100 block of E. Lucky Estates Drive, within Lucky Estates, off Milford-Harrington Highway. The officer entered the residence through a partially open garage door and spotted the victim, deceased, on the floor in a pool of blood, police said.
The officer backed out of the residence to wait for backup, but Nelson exited through the garage and was taken into custody without incident.
Police said the victim had been stabbed numerous times. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.
A family dog was found in a bedroom and appeared to have been stabbed to death as well, police said.
Nelson was charged with first-degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and cruelly or unnecessarily killing an animal. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $522,000 cash bond.
The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit's investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective D. Grassi at 302-365-8441. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Delaware Crime Stoppers' website or by calling 800-TIP-3333.