DAKOTA — A rural Winona County man is facing charges of second-degree murder in the death of his wife.
The Winona County Sheriff's Office received a call about 10:54 p.m. Friday from a residence in the 45000 block of Winona County Road 12, just west of the town of Dakota. The caller said he killed his wife. When asked by dispatchers why he did it, he replied, "Too many problems," then the call ended, according to a Winona County Sheriff's criminal complaint report.
Dispatch personnel spoke again with the man, who said he tried to commit suicide and that the victim was dead in the living room of the apartment. He also stated he stabbed the victim twice in the stomach with a knife. When asked by dispatch if the woman was breathing, the man responded with something to the effect of "She's not ... she better not be," the report stated.
When law enforcement arrived, they spoke to the landlord, who explained that the woman suffered from dementia.
When deputies arrived at the home, they met the defendant, who had a cut to his wrist. Inside the home, they discovered the body of the victim. She had one stab wound to her abdomen and blunt force trauma on her head. There was a pool of what appeared to be blood. She was declared dead at the scene.
They also discovered a note that said the writer could not continue on watching her suffer and would attempt to take his own life, the report states. Deputies inferred that the injuries to the man's wrist were self-inflicted, according to the report.
The man was taken to a hospital for surgery on his wrist.
Joseph Bailly Wright, 79, of Dakota, is facing second-degree murder charges. He is currently being held in the La Crosse (Wis.) County jail awaiting extradition to Winona County.