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St. Petersburg man convicted of manslaughter in death of wife

ST. PETERSBURG — A jury convicted Albert F. Crandall of manslaughter Thursday in the death of his ailing wife after a two-day trial.

Crandall was arrested last year after he told medical personnel that he smothered his wife Judith Davis, 61, with a pillow. He also slashed his wrists, but survived with minor injuries. He left a suicide note.

After he sent an email to his sister in April 2012 hinting at suicide, police were called to the couple's apartment 661 77th Ave. N. in St. Petersburg. Davis was found dead, lying in bed. Crandall was beside her, with cuts on his wrists which were not bleeding at the time.

In the note, which was later found in the apartment, Crandall wrote: "(Judy) has been in constant pain and agony for the past several months. No one has been helpful in helping her mainly due to our economic situation. This is the course of what happens when people like us with limited income and no insurance, if anything can come out of this hopefully people will find a message that … we all should have proper medical care when we need it."

Crandall will be sentenced at a later date.

St. Petersburg man convicted of manslaughter in death of wife 05/16/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 6:02pm]
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