WINONA Minn. – The criminal complaint against Joseph Bailly Wright, 79, of Dakota, details a raft of confessorial evidence that he stabbed his wife to death – and also that compassion was a factor. His wife, age 72, suffered dementia. The complaint cites a 911 call to the sheriff in Winona, in which the caller said he had killed his wife. The dispatcher asked if she was still breathing. Response: “She’s not. She better not.” The dispatcher asked why. “Too many problems,” the caller said before the call was disconnected. When deputies arrived at the scene, according to the complaint, Wright stated his wife was in the living room. Deputies found her situated in a chair with a stab wound, perhaps two, to abdomen. Her face was smashed, as if with a blunt instrument. Deputies found two bloody knives and a large pool of blood. They also discovered a note that stated the writer could “not take it anymore” and could “not watch her suffer.” The note, presumably written by Wright, indicated that he was attempting suicide. Wright himself had a bloody stab wound on a wrist. The wound was treated at a hospital

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