90-year-old man charged with murdering wife of 62 years

BEAUFORT, SC (WCSC) - A 90-year-old man has been charged with murdering his wife of 62 years in their retirement community home before attempting to kill himself.

John Haw Cross, Sr. was served with two arrest warrants Thursday morning and charged with murder and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime.

Officials say Cross fatally stabbed his 84-year-old wife Page Arrington Cross on June 24 at their Seabrooke retirement community home.

According to reports, Mr. Cross stabbed himself and shot himself in the head after murdering his wife, but did not die. He has remained in a hospital since the incident.

Officials say Mr. Cross has been ordered to stay at Savannah Cottage of Chatham, where he will continue to receive psychiatric and medical treatment.

Judge Carmen Mullen has ordered that Mr. Cross undergo a psychological evaluation to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

The report states that the next step would be to have his case presented to the Beaufort County Grand Jury for an indictment.

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