LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KATU) – A man accused of murdering his wife before trying to commit suicide told officers “I did it, I killed her, she had cancer, she’s dead upstairs,” according to the Lake Oswego Police Department.
The state medical examiner said 50-year-old Heidi Winchester died of “sharp-force trauma.”
Police were called out to the family’s home on Bass Lane on January 30 after Michael and Heidi Winchester’s son called police to report a suicide/homicide situation. The 18-year-old reportedly told dispatchers that his father “put her [Heidi] out of her misery.”
Officers arrived to find the 52-year-old Michael in the garage with indications he may have tried to kill himself. They said he told them that he killed Heidi, who was suffering from terminal cancer.
Officers did a sweep of the home and found 50-year-old Heidi upstairs.
Investigators also found a note inside the home that looked like it had been written from Michael to his sons, which “describes Heidi’s suffering and his emotional state in regards to his family states ‘I could not bare to watch mom suffer anymore.’”
Michael Winchester was charged with his wife’s murder on February 4.
Oregon's Death With Dignity law allows doctors to prescribe terminally ill patients a life-ending medicine, as long as they are of sound mind when they make the request. The patient must swallow the drug without help; it is illegal for a doctor to administer it.
Below is a statement from the Winchester family:
We appreciate all the support we have received in the last few days. We ask that you please respect our privacy while we mourn the death of Heidi and focus on supporting each other and our extended family. We will not be accepting any requests from the media for statements or interviews. Please allow us the time and space to heal and move forward.
A private family service will be scheduled for Heidi. A fund has been established to support Heidi and Mike’s sons, Michael Jr. and Blake.