Social isolation may have contributed to the murder of a Buckeye woman.
Buckeye Police arrested John E. Smith, 72, April 9 after he allegedly called 911 to report he shot his wife. Police found Jill Kay Smith dead of multiple gunshots inside the Smith home in the Sun City Festival area of north Buckeye.
According to a Buckeye police report, “(Smith) said there were numerous things weighing heavily on his and the victim’s mind lately, including financial burdens. The defendant said the victim may have needed a knee replacement after having already had several of them, he said.
“The stress of being cooped up in the house and not being able to leave, due to the coronavirus, was also getting to him.”
In an interview, Smith allegedly told police his wife had a discussion about finances before she went to sleep.
“(Smith) described thinking and thinking over the course of the next hour about these things that were weighing heavily on him, and he decided the only way out was to kill his wife,” according to the police report.
“(Smith) said he originally planned to kill his wife, then kill himself but then there would be nobody to explain what happened.”
He allegedly told police he shot his sleeping wife six times with a .357 Magnum. “He kept shooting until the gun stopped firing,” according to the report.
According to the report, Smith told police he killed his wife “and he has to pay for it and there’s not need to lie about it.”
He is in the Fourth Avenue Jail awaiting trial for first-degree murder.