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Lakewood man found guilty in killing of wife, who had terminal brain cancer

Posted at 1:07 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 20:38:58-04

GOLDEN, Colo. – A Lakewood man was found guilty in the killing of his wife, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

A Jefferson County jury deliberated for an hour Monday before finding Bruce Bagwell, 61, guilty on a charge of first-degree murder, according to the First Judicial District Attorney's office.

Bagwell shot and killed his wife, Theresa Bagwell, 58, on Feb. 6 at their home in Lakewood. Theresa Bagwell had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in January and was in hospice care when she was killed.

Her father had called to talk to her when Bruce Bagwell answered and told him that he shot and killed her, authorities said. Evidence at trial showed that Bruce Bagwell shot his wife twice in the back of the head with a shotgun, as she sat in a wheelchair. He then fired a shot into her chest, authorities said.

Bagwell has been held without bond at the Jefferson County jail. His sentencing hearing has been set for Nov. 13.