90-year-old SC hatchet suspect on suicide watch

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 90-year-old South Carolina man charged with killing his wife with a hatchet is on suicide watch.

Spartanburg County jail officials told multiple media outlets Wednesday that William David Martin had been placed under special observation.

Deputies arrested Martin on Tuesday morning at his home in Moore after receiving a call about a domestic disturbance.

Deputies found 85-year-old Jeanette C. Martin lying on the floor of her bedroom. She was taken to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

William Martin has been charged with murder and a judge Tuesday ordered him held without bail. Authorities have said the couple argued before the attack but have not released many details about the case.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.