Suicide probe results in murder charge for husband of victim

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Wichita Falls police
Wichita Falls police

A Wichita Falls man is charged with the murder of his wife after he claimed she committed suicide.

Police were sent to a home in the 6700 block of Geronimo on Oct. 14, 2021.

Bruce Allen Hanson, 64, said he found his wife dead in the home. Officers found Vickie Annete Hanson, 65, dead on the floor of a bedroom near the door to a bathroom.

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Bruce Hanson
Bruce Hanson

Crimes Against Persons detectives took the case and after investigating, arrested Bruce Hanson Tuesday morning. He was jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Hanson told investigators on the day of her death he and his wife had been drinking to celebrate his birthday. He said she went to the master bedroom for a nap and he heard a gunshot. He said he found his wife and tried calling 9-1-1 but couldn't initially get through.

The investigator noted Bruce Hanson was intoxicated and inconsistent in his statements at the scene. He appeared to be freshly showered and a pair of cargo shorts rested on a bathmat near the shower with a bullet jacketing resting on the shorts. Forensic examination showed the bathmat and shorts had blood spatter.

According to the affidavit, blood coagulation and lividity in the body indicated Vickie Hanson had been shot in the head earlier in the day before a call reached 9-1-1.

An autopsy revealed the bullet wound did not have the powder burn or stippling effect common with close-contact gunshots, and Bruce Hanson had gunpowder residue on one hand.

A search of the couple's cellphones included photos showing Bruce Hanson wearing the cargo shorts shortly before the shooting. Vickie Hanson's daughter told detectives Bruce Hanson had been abusive toward her mother.

This article originally appeared on Wichita Falls Times Record News: Suicide probe results in murder charges

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