Police: Dakota man murdered his wife


Victim suffered from dementia




A 79-year-old Dakota man has been charged with second-degree murder after he reportedly killed his wife on the morning of July 10. 

Joseph Bailly Wright called Winona County dispatch and stated he killed his wife, according to the statement of probable cause. Wright was asked how he did that, and he reportedly responded, “Too many problems.” He also gave a Dakota address before the call was disconnected, according to the statement. 

At the scene, law enforcement personnel were reportedly informed that the victim had dementia. The victim was found in a chair inside, and she reportedly had at least one abdominal wound that appeared to be a stab wound, as well as blunt-force facial trauma. She was determined to be deceased by medical personnel, according to the statement. 

When dispatch personnel spoke once more with Wright, he reportedly noted that he had attempted to kill himself. A law enforcement officer observed what appeared to be a suicide note at the scene, according to the statement. The note reportedly included statements pointing to the writer not being able to “take it anymore” or “watch her suffer.” 

Wright replied “knife” when dispatch personnel asked how he killed the victim, according to the statement. He also reportedly said he stabbed his wife twice in the abdominal area. Dispatch personnel asked whether Wright was positive the victim was not breathing, and he reportedly made a statement that seemed to be “She’s not, she better not be.” 

Wright was taken to a hospital in Wisconsin by ambulance for the treatment of at least one cut to his wrist, according to the statement. A warrant was asked for due to Wright having been transported to Wisconsin and what he has been charged with, according to the statement. 


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