Late lawmaker's husband charged in attorney's slaying
Aug. 17, 2018
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — The husband of a late legislator was charged with murder Friday in the shooting death of a northwestern Indiana attorney.
William Landske, widower of the late Republican state Sen. Sue Landske of Cedar Lake, was charged in the slaying of T. Edward Page, 64, of Hobart.
Court documents said Landske, 83, told police he shot Page at the attorney's home Wednesday because he was upset over tax work that had gone unfinished, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported . Landske was arrested at the scene.
Landske and two of his daughters had gone to Page's home to retrieve tax documents that Sue Landske had given to Page before her death in 2015 from lung cancer, court documents said.
While the daughters carried the documents out of the house, Landske approached Page and said he wanted to talk. Page put down the bags he was carrying and started walking with Landske, according to the court documents.
Page's husband, Kevin Swanson, told police he picked up the bags Page had been carrying and continued outside. As Swanson put the bags in one of the Landske family cars, he heard a gunshot.
Court records said Swanson turned around and saw William Landske, who was holding a gun, fire several more times at Page. Swanson ran toward Landske and pushed him to the ground.
Swanson, who worked as a surgical technician, told police he rolled Page over to find "he was gone." Authorities said Page died from four gunshot wounds.
Landske told police during an interview after the shooting he was frustrated because he had expected Page to do more with the tax documents.
He said he always carries a gun and decided to shoot Page just before pulling the trigger.
"It was a spur of the moment thing," Landske told investigators.
When asked if he intended to kill Page, William Landske replied, "I don't know if I intended to kill him, but what else happens when you shoot somebody, they die."
Court records do not list a defense attorney for Landske.
Page, an attorney with Thiros & Thiros in Merrillville, also had worked as Lake County public defender for the past 10 years.
Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com