Washington man charged with Second-degree murder
James Dean Blum, 70, of Washington, has been charged with second-degree murder, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, in the death of his wife, Patricia Blum, 67. the Washington County Communications Center reported this morning.
According to a press release, the center received a 911 call from James Blum Monday, stating that he had possibly killed his wife. Washington Police officers and a Washington County Ambulance crew responded to the Blums’ home at 1009 East Washington Street.
Patricia Blum was found unresponsive, the release said, and was transported to the Washington County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be conducted by the State Medical Examiner’s office, Washington Police Department investigator Lyle Hansen said.
According to court documents, at about 2:12 p.m. James Blum called the center and advised the dispatcher he had possibly killed his wife, that she wasn’t breathing and had no pulse. Hansen said that paramedics tried to resuscitate Patricia Blum.
During an interview with James Blum, the court documents said, he waived his Miranda rights and admitted to killing his wife by smothering her, after she had backed into the garage door. He said the couple had been having disagreements for several weeks. Blum also said, according to the documents, that he had meant to kill Patricia Blum and had held her face down on the couch for 2-3 minutes until she stopped breathing. James Blum also said, the records show, Patricia Blum had pleaded with him to let her go while he was holding her down.
Hansen said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone feeling they have information on the case is asked to call Hansen at 653-2256 or 653-2107.
For the full article, see our Jan. 12 print edition.