An 85-year-old man has been taken into custody in Washington D.C. after allegedly fatally stabbing his wife following a disagreement over the pancakes she had made, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. The incident, which resulted in the death of 81-year-old Sharon Schwartz, occurred in their home in Northwest D.C. on Sunday. The alleged assailant, Steven Schwartz, was also found injured at the scene.
Authorities from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch responded to an emergency call and discovered Sharon with stab wounds, while Steven had self-inflicted injuries. Both were promptly transported to the hospital, but Sharon could not be saved. Upon further investigation, police charged Steven with second-degree murder while armed.
During a court hearing via video, Steven entered a plea of not guilty to the charges. The presiding judge determined there was sufficient evidence to proceed with the case and ordered that Steven be held without bond. His next hearing is scheduled for January 2.