Roman pensioner kills wife in 'gun joke'

73-year-old says thought pistol was not loaded

Roman pensioner kills wife in 'gun joke'

Rome, September 4 - A 73-year-old man arrested in Rome for suspected homicide has admitted to killing his wife but said he did so by accident after a gun joke went wrong. The man told police that he did not realise his revolver was loaded when he pointed it at his 63-year-old wife and pulled the trigger, Corriere della Sera reported. The woman died at around 1am Wednesday in Rome's San Camillo hospital. Police are investigating to verify the version of events of the man, who reportedly tried to assist his dying wife.

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