He stabbed his wife 22 times, telling police it was because ‘she went crazy’

Richard Wayne Woltz (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)
Richard Wayne Woltz (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH – A 75-year-old local man was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years and 8 months for the second-degree murder of his wife.

Richard Wayne Woltz pleaded guilty to the charge in January of this year.

On Jan. 8, 2018, Woltz requested medical assistance using his 5Star Urgent Response medical alert device, according to the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Virginia Beach EMS and Fire responded to his home and began to treat Woltz for a self-inflicted laceration to his throat. There, crews noticed a body on the floor covered with a towel and called police to the home.

Woltz told EMS crews, “She’s been dead a couple of days,” “I killed her,” and “She went crazy,” prosecutors said.

Woltz’s wife was also 75 years old and was watching television on the couch when he killed her.  She had five stab wounds to the chest, two to the neck, and fifteen to the head.

She also had six blunt force injuries to her head, multiple contusions over the head and neck, and a laceration on her finger, prosecutors said.

Woltz told police he planned to kill his wife then himself.  He said she would be “better off dead,” because she was
“basically losing her mind” and was “in great pain.”

Woltz placed the towel over her when she was dead, then tried to kill himself, but was still bleeding after a couple of days.  He told police he activated his medical alert device to get help for himself because he “didn’t do a very good job of killing himself,” prosecutors said.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.