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An Elderly Pennsylvania Couple Got Into a Fight About Paying for Their Cat’s Vet Bill. Now, the Husband Is Accused of His Wife’s Murder.

Elderly Couple Allegedly Fought Over Cat's Vet Bill, Wife Killed: Cops
Source: Montgomery County District Attorney's Office; Unsplash

Barton Seltmann is accused of beating his wife to death during a fight over the cat's vet bill.

Dec. 2 2023, Published 2:03 p.m. ET

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A man in Pennsylvania has been arrested after he allegedly beat his wife to death while they were fighting about their cat’s vet bill, according to authorities.

Around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 28, officers responded to a home in Lower Pottsgrove Township for a report of an unresponsive woman, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

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At the residence, officers found 84-year-old Barton Seltmann on a rear porch with blood on his hands, face and clothing, officials said.

Inside the house, officers located Barton’s wife, 85-year-old Margaret Seltmann, dead.

Police found evidence at the scene which indicated that the victim was struck multiple times in the head while lying on the kitchen floor, officials said.

Detectives determined the couple was arguing about money for their cat’s veterinary care when the fight turned physical.

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An autopsy showed Margaret died from blunt force injuries to the head and her death was ruled a homicide.

Barton was arrested and charged with first-degree and third-degree murder, officials said.

He was booked into the Montgomery County Correctional Facility and was being held without bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 5.


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