Woman Accused Of Staging Husband’s Suicide

July 13, 2014 by staff 

Woman Accused Of Staging Husband’s Suicide, An Ohio woman who called 911 to report that her husband committed suicide by suffocating himself has been charged with his 2011 murder.

A three-year investigation into the death of 55-year-old Michael Gabel concluded that he didn’t commit suicide and that his wife, Jeane Harrington, had killed him, police said. She had reported Gabel’s death to police, saying she found him dead with plastic wrap around his head.

“We know that suicide in this manner is very unusual,” Duane Streator, police chief of Avon Lake, told reporters Friday.

Streator said there was no immediate evidence of a struggle, but the Lorain County coroner ultimately determined Gabel died of asphyxiation, blows to his head and body, and electrical burns.

Harrington, 56, was arrested Thursday, and her son – 11 when Gabel died – was turned over to a relative.

In the 911 call, Harrington had reported that Gabel, a local car salesman, left a suicide note, and she described heavy debts coming due, suggesting he’d taken his own life.

Harrington told police she owned a stun gun and had used it several times on Gabel in a fight earlier that evening that she described as “mutual.” She said the disagreement centered on the couple’s financial woes.

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