Man dies 2 days after slashing self, killing wife

August 12, 2009 6:29:15 AM PDT
Authorities say a New Jersey man accused of killing his wife has died after slashing his own throat. Jitendrab Patel died Tuesday, a day after he underwent surgery.

Had he survived, the 51-year-old Pompton Lakes resident would have faced murder charges.

Police say his wife, Pratixabahen Patel, was seeking a divorce after 13 years of marriage.

Police say the couple's 9-year-old daughter saw the stabbing and asked neighbors to call 911 on Sunday.

Police say they found him still stabbing the woman before he grabbed another knife and slashed himself.

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