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Man accused of fatally shooting wife in attempted murder-suicide dies

Joseph Woods, the 86-year-old accused of fatally shooting his wife before attempting suicide, died Tuesday, his lawyer said.

Woods was accused of shooting his 80-year-old wife, Kay, who suffered from chronic pain and illness, before turning the gun on himself in what authorities called a suicide-pact.

Woods was set to plead guilty today to voluntary manslaughter, Deputy Public Defender Dan Silverstein said.

He has been in a nursing home since his October release from the Clark County Detention Center because of his medical condition.

On Sept. 24, the couple were found in bed at their home at 1808 S.10th St., near St. Louis Avenue and Maryland Parkway.

Kay Woods died at the scene from a gunshot wound in her shoulder.

Joseph Woods shot himself in the abdomen.

Silverstein said his client is in a better place.

“He wanted to be with his wife. That’s why he tried to shoot himself from the beginning," Silverstein said. "He wanted them to go together. So he got what he wanted. It took a little bit longer, but he got what he wanted.”

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