By: Jonathan Mistrot
Shocking new details have emerged in the alleged murder investigation of a Harrington woman and dog on Monday. According to the warrant obtained by TV Delmarva, police say 69-year-old Richard Nelson called 9-1-1 and told the dispatcher he “did bad things to his wife and his dog”. When Harrington Police arrived on the scene shortly after 11 o’clock at the 100 block of East Lucky Estate Drive, they found the suspect’s wife dead on the floor in a pool of blood. The warrant also alleges the victim “suffered apparent numerous stab and cut wounds. There were several knives and broken knives in the area around the [victim]”. The warrant also states the dog was found dead in the second floor bedroom with several apparent stab wounds.
Police say Nelson exited the garage and was taken into custody without incident and interviewed at Troop 3.
The warrant states that Nelson admitted to stabbing his wife numerous times in the garage, stating “the first knife he used to stab his wife broke and he had to go to the kitchen to retrieve other knives. [Nelson] returned to the garage and continued to stab his wife.” After killing his wife, police say that Nelson allegedly stabbed the dog numerous times causing its death.
No motive was mentioned in the warrant and an investigation is ongoing. Nelson is facing 1st Degree Murder, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, and animal cruelty charges. He was lodged in Sussex Correctional Institution on $522,000 cash bond.