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UPDATE: Murder suspect says he "had no reason" to do anything to his wife

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Published: May. 14, 2017 at 5:32 PM AKDT
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Update - May 16, 11:05 a.m.:

On May 15, Duane Marvin, 91, turned himself in to Anchorage police for allegedly murdering his wife, Charlotte Marvin, 92, on Sunday.

According to charging documents, Duane Marvin was using a red colored walker to aid in his mobility.

"Officers noted spatter on the left front wheel of the walker," according to documents.

While being interviewed by detectives, officers said Duane Marvin made a spontaneous utterance to the effect of, "I killed my wife, and I don't know why," documents read.

Duane Marvin had also made statements including "I don't know what happened," "I have no idea how I could hurt her," "I had no reason, I don't know how," and "I had no reason to do anything to my wife," documents read.

Officers said it was determined that Charlotte Marvin was shot in the back of the head.

Marvin had no criminal history, according to documents.

Currently, police do not know the motive for the shooting.

Marvin was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, but he did not show up.

John McBirney, Marvin's great great grandson, told reporters outside of the Anchorage Jail courthouse that Marvin loved his wife.

"This was an accident," McBirney said.

McBirney also said Marvin was a veteran and long time pilot.

Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz of APD's Homicide Unit said APD records indicate Marvin is possibly the oldest suspect charged for murder.

"I don't think we've ever seen a case like that at least since I've been with APD and I've been here for 27 years, in the homicide unit for 12 years," Markiewicz said.

To date, Markiewicz said he research showed only 2 other cases where suspects charged were over the age of 70 years old.

"It's highly unusual both regarding the victim age and the suspects age," Markiewicz said. "Usually if you look at the homicide statistics, most of the suspects are usually between the age of 18 and 24 years old that's the highest age category for homicides," Markiewicz said.

A judge re-scheduled Marvin's arraignment for Wednesday.

Update - May 15, 5:30 p.m.:

Just after 5 p.m., on May 15, Duane Marvin, 91, was taken into custody, after he turned himself in to APD.

Duane Marvin was the husband of Sunday's homicide victim, 92-year-old Charlotte Marvin.

Earlier in the afternoon, an arrest warrant for murder and tampering with evidence was obtained for Duane Marvin.

Allegedly, after shooting his wife,

but

before going to his neighbor's house to report the status of his deceased wife, Duane Marvin hid the gun in a cabinet, within their home on the 1000-block of E. 28th Avenue.

Currently, police do not know the motive for the shooting.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
Update - May 15, 10:45 a.m.:

Sunday's homicide victim has been identified as 92-year-old Charlotte Marvin, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

On Sunday afternoon, when police arrived at a home on the 1000-block of E. 28th Avenue, they discovered that Marvin died of a gunshot wound.

Police also determined that Marvin was, in fact, a homicide victim.

According to an APD Nixle alert, no arrests have been made, currently. However, APD believes they made contact with all parties involved. They say they are no longer looking for outstanding suspects.

Update - May 14, 6:30 p.m.:

Anchorage Police confirm they are investigating the death as a homicide, but they are not looking for any suspects.

According to Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz, a spouse of the female victim went to a neighbor's home and asked them to call 911.

While an official cause is still unknown, Markiewicz would not say if the victim had any visible signs of injury.

Original Story - May 14, 5:30 p.m.:

Anchorage police are investigating what appears to be a homicide case.

Police said in a Nixle alert, an elderly woman was found dead at a residence near the 1000 block of E. 28th Avenue in mid-town, on Sunday.

A neighbor told Channel 2 News an elderly couple has lived in the home for several years.

APD said the report came in shortly before 1:30 p.m.

"Few details are known at this time, and police are investigating the case as a homicide," the alert said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call APD at 786-8900 or Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.