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article imageMan says he killed his wife with lethal injection

By Kevin Jess     Feb 24, 2011 in Crime
Liverpool - A Nova Scotia man told the RCMP he played a role in his wife's death last month. The man says he gave his terminally ill wife a lethal injection to end her suffering from breast cancer.
According to the Canadian Press, Stephan Bolton of Liverpool, Nova Scotia told the Halifax Chronicle Herald he wanted to go public with his story to encourage debate around the issue of euthanasia. He also said he feels guilty for his actions.
“I don’t have an agenda, I have a guilty conscience," Mr. Bolton told the Chronicle Herald.
His wife Barbara, 59, who was reportedly suffering from stage four breast cancer, was not in pain but was very depressed. According to Mr. Bolton, she had approximately two months to live.
Mr. Bolton told the paper he gave his wife an injection of two medications, morphine and Nozinan, on Jan. 22. He claimed he and his wife never discussed euthanasia as an option.
Mr. Bolton now says he is haunted by his actions, telling the Chronicle Herald, "It's been over a month. Over that month, I tried to live with it and I just can't, not without being told by some authority that what I did wasn't wrong. I am racked by guilt and have to somehow resolve it."
Barbara Bolton's obituary reads: "Barb was an award-winning photographer and a successful entrepreneur, owning both Barb’s Photography and B.J.’s Taxi. Barb was a passionate, free-spirit who loved to travel, loved the outdoors and loved to laugh. Known for her strength and perseverance, she never turned from a fight. Best described as a strong woman, her fiery personality and enduring sense of humour will be missed by all those she encountered."
At time of reporting, no charges had been laid.
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