A man who stabbed his wife to her death in a courthouse before fleeing the courtroom in North Carolina has said he thought she had been dead.
Mark Michael Kessels, who has been in custody since last Thursday, told the Associated Press that he was sitting in his car on the morning of July 25 when he saw his wife’s lifeless body on the floor of the courthouse.
He said he immediately grabbed his pistol and fired, striking his wife in the neck.
Kessels said he went back to the courtroom to get his daughter, who was sitting behind him, and then went to his home.
Kesslows daughter said she was told by her mother that Kessel had shot his wife, who he said had been suicidal.
She said Kessel told her she was not dead and said she should just “go to hell.”
She told the AP that she heard a gunshot, but Kessel denied he was there at the time.
“I had a feeling she was still there, and I felt bad for her,” Kessel said.
“I was going to get the hell out of there, I was going get the heck out of here, and that’s how I ended up killing her.”
The woman was rushed to a hospital where she died from her injuries.
She is a nurse.
Kessler was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.