Ohio Man Accused in Second Wife Stabbing

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 26, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A man who fatally stabbed his first wife in 1981 is accused of attacking his second wife with a knife in the same home, authorities said.

Christine Groth, 53, was taken to a hospital Tuesday after she crawled bleeding onto the porch, clutching an oxygen tank she uses because of health problems. Grant Medical Center would not release details on her condition Wednesday.

Police arrested Joseph Groth, 67, on his front lawn, a few feet from the wooden porch steps where his wife sat waiting for help. Neighbors alerted police after Joseph Groth screamed for someone to call for help.

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“I heard him say, ‘Call 911. I think I just killed my wife,'” Roxanne Fredd, a neighbor who lived across the street from the Groths for the last two years, said Wednesday.

Authorities found him beside his wife screaming.

“When officers arrived, she was coherent enough to say he stabbed her,” police detective Wayne Buck told The Columbus Dispatch. “He said to the officers, ‘What did I do?'”

Groth was charged with attempted murder, police said. He declined interviews at the Franklin County Jail, where he was being held on $1 million bond, Sheriff’s Deputy Jessica Stewart said.

The couple married in 1991, nearly 10 years after Groth pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges in the stabbing death of his first wife, Eva Groth, on Dec. 16, 1981. Court records show he was initially ruled incompetent to stand trial and that he was hospitalized until pleading guilty in 1982.

Neighbors said it was well known that Groth served a year in prison for the stabbing.

“It’s the first thing you hear about when you move in,” neighbor Roxanne Fredd said.

A service of the Associated Press(AP)