Brought to his bond hearing today in a wheelchair, a 90-year-old man was charged with murder today in the June 24 death of his wife at a retirement community on Hilton Head Island.
John Cross, who was found in the couples unit at the Seabrook of Hilton Head with what authorities have said were a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and cuts on his wrist, was charged today in a bond hearing in the Beaufort County Courthouse in the death of his wife, Page Arrington Cross, 84, whose body was found in a bed with multiple lacerations. He was also charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Solicitor Duffie Stone said Page Cross had stab wounds on her chest and cuts on her wrist. He said a bullet is still lodged in John Cross head. John Cross was hospitalized in Savannah after the incident. He appeared at todays bond hearing in a wheelchair.
Judge Carmen Mullen granted a $100,000 personal-recognizance bond for John Cross on the condition he remain in the Savannah medical facility where he continues to receive treatment. He is only able to leave for doctor appointments, Mullen ruled.
I dont think he is a risk to the community, Mullen said. He is more of a risk to himself than anyone.
The Savannah Cottage of Chatham, where Cross is receiving care, is a lock-down facility with coded entry and exit, Cross attorney, Ann Stirling, said.
Stone said the states position is also that Cross should remain there.
Relatives of Cross who appeared in court today declined further comment.
The Crosses were found by a caregiver hired by the couple, who arrived as scheduled at 8 p.m. June 24. She found a note on the door turning her away and another asking her to call 911.
Page Cross probably had been dead for a few hours when she was found, according to the Beaufort County Coroners Office. Page Cross was confined to a wheelchair, a Seabrook resident has said. A memorial service was held for her June 30 in Spartanburg, where she lived for a time with her family, according to her obituary.
She was born in Greenville, also lived in Anderson and moved to Hilton Head Island. The couple later moved into Seabrook, where they received regular visits from caregivers they hired. She was a member of St. Lukes Church on the island.
Page Cross was active in the church and in charities throughout her life, including the Salvation Army, the Boys Home of Spartanburg and Mobile Meals, according to her obituary.
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