ENFIELD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – At Enfield Superior Court today, a judge today put a suicide watch on an Enfield man accused of killing his wife.

In documents submitted to a judge, police describe how John Dewees, Jr.’s story seemed to shift, as officers questioned him.

At first he claimed he dropped his seriously ill wife about two or three inches into the tub in their home, and she died.

But police said a fall like that could not have killed Anja Dewees.

Investigators found numerous bruises over her body.

He later said he tripped on the stairs and dropped her.  He eventually admitted punching his wife, and elbowing her in the torso.  He said he had struck his wife in the past.

Dewees said he consumed three vodka drinks, and had trouble remembering certain things from the night his wife died.

He said he did not call for an ambulance when he realized something was seriously wrong with his wife because she was already, dead, and he wanted to spend a few days with her.

After spending several days in the house with her body, Dewees emerged and told a neighbor “I killed her.”  The neighbor called police.

Police surrounded the house, and Dewees later came outside and spoke with investigators.

The medical examiner found broken ribs and a neck injury, possibly from strangulation. Anja Dewees’ death was ruled a homicide resulting from blunt force injuries to the head with a skull fracture.

A relative told police Dewees had been abusive to his wife for years.

His bond was reduced to $175,000.  He faces a manslaughter charge.


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