911 AUDIO: Venice man, 94, killed wife because she had dementia, police say

Sarasota County

VENICE, Fla. (WFLA) – A 94-year-old Venice man has been charged with murder for killing his own wife.

When he then tried to turn the gun on himself, his plans were foiled.

At around 7:30 Monday night, Venice Police were called to Aston Gardens at Pelican Pointe.

They received a chilling 911 call from 94-year-old Wayne Juhlin.

“She’s sitting in her chair and she’s dead,” he said on the phone.

Juhlin’s 80-year-old wife was deceased. The dispatcher tried to find out why.

“Why does it look like she’s dead?” asked the dispatcher.

“Well, she’s all white, pale and hasn’t moved for a couple of hours,” Juhlin replied.

When police arrived he admitted to what happened. He said his wife suffered from dementia. So he decided to kill her and then take his own life. But when he turned the gun on himself, the weapon jammed.

“He was very cooperative with law enforcement. He wrote a very lengthy suicide note,” explained Venice Police Chief Tom Mattmuller.

Now he’s charged with first degree pre-meditated murder.

“Its tragic. The sadness is that people don’t seek help. They may believe that they can do this on their own,” said Paula Falk with the Senior Friendship Center.

There are resources out there to help caregivers. For example, the Senior Friendship Centers in Sarasota County offers support groups and resources to help those struggling with loved ones who have dementia.

“Its those individuals who are out there who think they can do it by themselves and its sad that they don’t allow other people to help them,” said Falk. “Caregivers are under a lot of stress and there are resources available to them. Unfortunately these people didn’t take care of those, take advantage of those resources and its now a tragic ending,” said Chief Mattmuller.

Juhlin was booked here into the Sarasota County jail on no bond.

Here are other resources to help caregivers:

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