85 year-old Fargo man charged with murder
JT Thaden | Jun 5, 2018 AT 2:38 pm
FARGO (KFGO) - An 85 year-old Fargo man has been charged with murder in the weekend shooting death of his wife.
Louis Averson told police that he shot 85 year-old Ila Averson in the heart after the couple agreed to commit suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. The complaint says Louis Averson shot his wife with a 38-caliber revolver. He told police that they got into the car at around 10 p.m. Friday and started the engine. He said they sat in the car for 5 hours and then both decided that he would shoot his wife.
Police say they have no evidence that contradicts his statements. Police later discovered a last will and testament that the couple had a Fargo law firm prepare the day before.
Averson shot himself in the chest and remains in a Fargo hospital. Someone passing by their garage heard him yelling for help and called police.
Both were in failing health.