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Trial Ordered in Detroit Suicide Case

From Associated Press

A judge ruled Friday that a 72-year-old California man accused of helping his wife kill herself at a motel here will stand trial for murder and said his alleged confession to police can be used as evidence.

Bertram Harper of Loomis, Calif., lost a bid to have the murder charge in Virginia Harper’s August, 1990, death dropped.

Detroit Recorder’s Court Judge Isidore Torres said Harper’s admission that he helped secure a bag over his wife’s head as she slipped into unconsciousness can be used as evidence in the trial, set for May 6.

Harper had argued the statement was illegally obtained.

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“I’m a little bit disappointed,” Harper said by telephone. He did not attend Friday’s proceedings. “I was hoping the whole thing would go away.”


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