Man, 99, Kills Wife For Being Unfaithful

SUNDAY, FEB. 4, 1996

A 99-year-old church deacon rode his bicycle to the sheriff’s house to confess that he killed his wife because he suspected her of being unfaithful.

The sheriff didn’t believe him and let him pedal off.

A short time later, John Patton was arrested at a drug store. He was charged with murder and jailed.

“I didn’t think he was in the right frame of mind when he was telling me this,” Sheriff Harrell Reid said. “But I did go over (to his home) with one of my other officers. That’s when I found her.”

Lillie Bell Patton, 67, had been shot in the head with a rifle.

The pastor of the church where Patton was deacon says the one-time handyman thought his wife had cheated on him. “I think it was mostly in his mind,” said Rev. Billy Simon.

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