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.
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.”