Wife charged with killing husband

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News 12 at 11, January 30, 2008

THOMSON, Ga -- 77-year-old Fred Ansley is dead, and his wife of nearly 25 years, Helen Ansley, is charged with his murder, according to the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office.

There apparently was a verbal argument all day long with alcohol involved. Deputies do recall being called out to the house several times in the past.

Helen had an odor of alcohol on her and she was given a breathalyzer test. The autopsy on her husband is scheduled for today.

The son, 49-year-old Steve Chaney was arrested and will be charged with misdemeanor obstruction. He is in the McDuffie Co. Jail

It's a case for investigators that appears to be nearly solved, but for the family, it's only just beginning.

A long life tragically ends Wednesday night at 826 White Oak Street in Thomson. "I loved my daddy. I'm trying not to get teary eyed, but that's your daddy and he's gone. What can you do? What can you say?" cries Fred Ansley's son Robbie Ansley.

No words will bring 77-year-old Fred Ansley back. He was killed in his home around dinnertime; shot once in the chest, allegedly by his wife Helen.

"If she didn't mean to do it, I feel sorry for her, I really do." says Robbie.

Investigators believe the couple had an argument, but's it's still not clear what went fatally wrong.

The couple's family says no matter what happened, they do know one thing for sure, "They loved each other." So much so-, that Fred and Helen would've celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year.

"Just like any married couple, whether they'd been married two weeks or 75 years, sometimes little arguments can spark big fights." explains Robbie Ansley.

For more than two hours investigators from the Mcduffie County Sheriff's Office and the GBI combed the house for evidence, while both sides of this blended family could only stand by and watch.

"This is a sad day for everyone in the county." says McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall.

And, it's an unthinkable day for both Fred and Helen's loved ones. "People out there, if they got a daddy and they don't go see him and tell them they love him, they're making a big mistake because when they're gone, you can't replace them."

Helen Ansley is now in the Mcduffie County Jail.

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