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Cops: Suspect Feared Nursing Home

January 20, 1998

DELPHOS, Ohio (AP) _ A 74-year-old man who mistakenly thought his family was plotting to put him in a nursing home shot one of his sons to death, police say.

Police said Richard Martin shot his 54-year-old son, David, three times in the head Monday morning while the younger man slept on the living room couch. When police arrived, Martin was holding the 12-gauge shotgun.

Family members said they had no plans to put him in a home and don’t know where he got that idea, according to David Wagner, assistant police chief.

``That wasn’t going to happen at all,″ Wagner said. ``He had a misconception that there was a plot to get him out of the residence.″

Martin was charged with murder and jailed on $1 million bail.

The retired worker at a plant that made tractor-trailer axles lived with his son in this city of 8,000 about 70 miles southwest of Toledo. His wife died in 1994.

Family members told police that Martin was depressed because he thought they were planning to put him in a nursing home, and he didn’t believe them when they denied it. They said he was afraid of nursing homes, probably because his older brother was admitted to one a few years ago.

The family had no comment.

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