Sun City man, George Sanders, pleads not guilty in 'mercy killing'

SUN CITY, AZ - An 85-year-old Sun City man has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder charges in the "mercy killing" of his wife.

Prosecutors at a Wednesday press conference said a plea agreement would be offered to George Sanders, but a trial in the case is also very possible.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said he personally never has had a "mercy killing" case, but his office has handled assisted suicides before.

Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies say Sanders shot his wife in the head back on November 9, after she allegedly "begged him" to kill her.

Sanders' wife was reportedly in terrible pain, suffering from MS and gangrene.
 
Montgomery says he has to take emotions out of the and look at the facts: a husband put a gun to his wife's head and pulled the trigger.

"Our laws do not permit someone to become judge, jury, medical examiner and executioner," Montgomery noted.

Sanders called the police on himself, confessing to the 911 operator . During the call, he told the operator he was not a danger to the deputies and that he didn't want to leave his wife's side because she would fall out of her wheel chair.
 

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