An Arizona man remains in jail on a $1 million bond, after he says he murdered his wife because he could not afford her medical expenses.

According to Daily Mail, Jonathan Conaway, 45, had recently lost his job and decided that his wife, who had suffered a stroke, was too much of a “burden.”

On Monday morning he struck his wife, Janice Conaway, on the head with a wrench and strangled her with a belt, while their two boys were at school.

He called police around 9 a.m. and reported his wife’s death before hanging up.

Following his arrest, he told officers that he killed his wife so that their children wouldn’t have to take care of her. Conaway admitted that the two had experienced problems throughout their 14-year-long marriage and that his unemployment worsened their financial situation.

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According to 12News, the victim worked as a campus assistant at the Paradise Valley Unified School District.

The district released the following statement:

PVSchools is deeply saddened to learn that Janice Conaway, a beloved campus assistant, has passed away. Naturally, this loss within our community impacts our families, students, and staff. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

As 12News reports, Conaway faces a first-degree murder charge and his two young boys have been taken by the state.

According to U.S.News, those who are struggling with medical expenses should ask the health care facility to put his or her account on hold for 30 days while he or she reviews the bills for any errors.

Once all the bills are reviewed, someone should speak with the hospital billing office or debt collector to discuss payment options or reduction.

Further, those in debt should ask the hospital about financial assistance programs and apply even if he or she fears they won’t be approved.

Lastly, U.S. News suggests speaking with a bankruptcy attorney about the “the pros and cons of trying to settle your debts versus filing for bankruptcy.”

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4 Replies to “Husband Allegedly Kills Wife Because He Couldn’t Afford Her Medical Bills. She Was Too Much of a ‘Burden’”

  • Anonymous 8 months ago

    I can totally relate to this. While his solution is certainly not appropriate…I can understand the pressure. I recently suffered a fractured femur…serious fracture! Our bills now are past $300,00.00 …..yep, $300,000.00 for a broken leg! I am on Medicare and have an out of pocket maximum….I cannot imagine if we did not. I also know that I will heal and get better, after a stroke, maybe it seemed never ending struggle with No hope.

  • Anonymous 8 months ago

    Hospital bills are outrageous,our hospital expects bills to be paid in full in six months or they turn you over to collection agencies which destroy your credit. I have big medicalnissues and cant pay a 8,000 bill in six months its just ridiculous but doesnt justify this mans actions.

  • Trip 8 months ago

    I know hospitals charge entirely way too much , one thing can cost 1 dollar , they’ll charge 80 or 90 , or even more .
    I’m not saying what he did was right , but at least he turned himself in and didnt let the kids witness it .

  • Rosemary Ducharme 7 months ago

    I also have medical bills that are outrageous. There is a way to appeal to the hospital . Call their billing office and ask for ‘hardship’ help. You just have to provide proof of salary/pension. Dont let them con you into taking out a loan; if you cant pay them, how they expect you to pay a loan?
    No need to do what this man has done!

    Good luck!

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