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80-year-old husband suspected of killing wife

By Sun Shuangjie (Global Times)

13:18, February 22, 2012

An 80-year-old man, who is suspected of strangling his wife to death, was detained by Shanghai police Tuesday, hours after his spouse of the same age was found dead in their Yangpu district apartment around 3 am.

The senior, identified only by his surname, Shen, lived only with his wife. Their son, who paid his parents a visit for undisclosed reasons Tuesday, soon discovered his mother's body and reported to authorities immediately, said police.

Police were told that the old couple had quarreled heavily Monday night, He Xinying, a press officer for Yangpu's public security bureau, told the Global Times Tuesday. But, she declined to say why the husband is believed to be the main suspect in the murder.

No further details were released Tuesday.

Local police, however, earlier confirmed to the Global Times that Shen had no history of mental disease, after an anonymous microblogger made the accusation via an online post Tuesday. The case is still under investigation.

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