DOCUMENTS: Lincoln man gave ‘serious thought’ to killing wife 10 days prior to shooting

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Authorities say 80-year-old John Kotopka (pictured above) shot his wife in the head.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — John Kotopka said “any serious thought of taking her [his wife’s] life began ten days prior” to him allegedly pulling the trigger, according to court documents.

BACKGROUND: Lincoln man accused of shooting 78-year-old wife in the head

Kotopka, 80, is now facing first-degree assault and weapons charges after being accused of shooting his wife, 78-year-old Janet Kotopka, on Sunday.

Police say the couple’s 42-year-old son heard the gunshot and found his mother with a bullet in her head. She remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Two years ago, Janet Kotopka was diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer’s, as stated in court documents.

According to court documents, the defense claimed “Janet’s condition had deteriorated to the point that she was combative… Janet needed to be monitored constantly and Defendant [John] was exhausted and couldn’t take care of her any longer. In addition, Defendant [John] was concerned about the financial burden if Janet would have to be housed in a health care facility.”

A judge set Kotopka’s bond at $500,000 on Tuesday. He is scheduled to appear again in court next month.

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