Cary woman admitted to police that she strangled her husband

akenney@newsobserver.comMay 10, 2013 

Dottie Delaney Amtey


— Among his last words, Sharad Amtey, 77, spoke his wife’s name – “Dottie. Dottie.” – and told her that he couldn’t breathe, according to a witness account in a search warrant made public Friday.

Dottie Amtey, 61, later told police that she strangled her husband Wednesday night, the warrant states.

The document lays out what another person in the house overheard, a timeline of the wrenching night, and the grounds for investigators’ accusations of murder.

Cary Fire Department was first on the scene after an emergency call at 11 p.m. from 101 Carbon Hill Court.

“He was very sick and old, and she said that she just killed him,” an unidentified woman told the 911 dispatcher.

Dottie Amtey echoed that statement to Cary police soon after, according to the warrant. She told two Cary police officers that she had choked her husband “following a disagreement while both were within an upstairs bedroom” of their home. She also said that her husband had multiple medical conditions, according to the warrant.

Adults in the residence corroborated that story, the document states. The couple had been married for decades and the warrant gives no indication of what they argued over.

Sharad Amtey, who led a career in research medical physics, was pronounced dead at 12:45 a.m. Thursday. Police searched the Amtey residence at 6:37 a.m. that day for photographs, videos, biological evidence and other clues.

A search of police records revealed that Sharad Amtey had reported an earlier crime against him, telling Cary police in February 2010 that he had been assaulted by a member of his family other than his wife. He did not press charges.

Dottie Amtey remained jailed Friday, her bail set at $1 million. A minister with her marathon training group was rebuffed in an attempt to visit her at the Wake County Detention Center, according to Ron Wahula, director of the Raleigh Galloway Marathon Training Program.

The suspect may be accessible to friends, family or clergy Saturday, Wahula said. The Wake County District Attorney’s Office is considering a second-degree murder charge.

Calls to the Amtey residence were not answered.

Kenney: 919-460-2608

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