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Mental evaluation ordered for man accused of wife's death

John Haw Cross Sr. (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office) John Haw Cross Sr. (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

A 90-year-old Hilton Head Island man is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in the death of his wife of 62 years.

John Haw Cross Sr. faced a judge in a bond hearing and was ordered to stay at a secure psychiatric facility in Savannah.

John Haw Cross Sr. is accused of stabbing 84-year-old Page Arrington Cross in their home at the Seabrooke retirement community on June 24. He then stabbed himself and shot himself in the head.

Cross is getting medical and psychiatric treatment at Savannah Cottage of Chatham, a secure facility.

Cross has remained hospitalized since the slaying and his family has arranged for him to continue receiving medical and psychiatric treatment at facility, according to the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Judge Carmen Mullen ruled that Cross must remain at the facility and can only leave for medical appointments and is accompanied by a caretaker or family member. Cross was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

The case will then be presented to the Beaufort County grand jury for an indictment.

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