Woman Accused of Killing Husband, Then Making Him Dinner
Elderly NJ woman suffered dementia, years of domestic violence, her children say
A New Jersey woman is accused of shooting and killing her husband of 54 years after her children say she suffered years of abuse at his hands.
Fredericka Rosa, 77, of Pemberton Township, has been charged with first-degree murder in the July 21 death of her husband, 79-year-old Valpa Rosa Sr., Burlington County, N.J., prosecutors say. She was free on $150,000 bail awaiting arraignment.
Rosa explained what happened to her adult children, who waited two days to call police. During those two days, according to media reports, Rosa continued to cook meals for her husband, even checking on him when he would not show for dinner, family members said.
Rosa's children are on her side. They say their mother suffers from dementia and snapped after suffering years of abuse by her husband.
“He drove her insane,” daughter Rosetta Rosa told Philadelphia's NBC 10 TV station. “He drove her to the point where she picked up the gun and shot him.”
“I understand why my mama did it,” son Valpa Rosa Jr. said.