A 90-year-old man was charged with murder after his 83-year old wife was found dead on Saturday morning, Aug. 17, in South Carolina.

At about 5 a.m., deputies responded to a Ridgeville home after Edwin Nelson Jr. said he shot his 83-year-old wife, officials said.

Sarah M. Nelson, 83, of Ridgeville, South Carolina died at the scene after being fatally shot.

Sarah Nelson’s body was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina for an autopsy.

A motive for the shooting was not available.

Bunny Igoe and her husband were longtime friends and neighbors of Nelson and his wife. 

“Knowing how he loved her, they were always walking hand in hand, I think the medication that they changed him to or something had altered his mind in order for him to come to this,” said Igoe.

Nelson is being held at the Knight Detention Center without bond.

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and Dorchester County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate the death.

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