A Navy man in Connecticut is accused of murdering his wife and injuring their infant in a fit of jealous rage, according to authorities.
“One life lost is one too many and this is a tragic event within the New London community,” the city’s police captain Matthew Galante said of the case.
At about 10:30 p.m. on July 20, 2022, firefighters were called to the burning home of Petty Officer 2nd Class George Dodson II, now 24, shared with his wife, Shelby Dodson, and their 1-year-old son, WTNH reported.
At the scene, firefighters discovered the body of Dodson’s 22-year-old spouse on the first floor and the baby boy upstairs.
The child was rushed to an area hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
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In the backyard, emergency responders found Dodson suffering self-inflicted, non-fatal wounds to his neck, police said.
Court documents obtained by WTNH state Dodson told a paramedic, “I did this, I killed her," and he explained to police he allegedly used a hammer to kill the victim out of “jealousy.”
“We opened up our relationship, and she found another man she loved more and I could not stand the thought of it so I killed her,” he allegedly told officers, who claimed he also admitted that he “started the fire.”
Dodson faces multiple charges, including murder, first-degree arson, criminal attempt to commit murder, criminal attempt to commit arson, tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment, and cruelty to animals.
He has pleaded not guilty, according to the Associated Press.
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