Retired Dyer doctor pleads guilty to reckless homicide in mother's death

2013-06-10T18:30:00Z 2013-08-16T19:24:08Z Retired Dyer doctor pleads guilty to reckless homicide in mother's deathSusan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com, (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | A cancer-stricken retired doctor, 77, has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the fatal shooting of his bedridden mother.

In entering into a plea agreement with prosecutors late last week, Charles Davidson, of Dyer, admitted to being despondent and discussing his health issues with his mother, Blanch Bradley, who relied on Davidson and his wife for her care.

Bradley, 95, told Davidson she wished to commit suicide and asked him to assist her, plea documents state.

Davidson admitted to shooting Bradley twice as she lay in her bed in a darkened room on April 1, 2012.

Davidson initially had been charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter and assisting suicide.

At the time of the shooting, Davidson told responding officers he was a terminally ill cancer patient who did not want to be a burden to his family, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The affidavit states Davidson, who was bleeding from the face, told police, "I shot her twice, and then I shot myself."

Davidson's wife, Fredricka, told police she found her husband in his mother's bedroom, where there was a gun on the floor. Her husband told her he wanted to kill himself, the affidavit states.

Her husband did not want his mother to suffer, she told authorities.

Medical personnel discovered Bradley had been shot twice, once in the chest and again in the left knee.

Davidson faces a sentence of between two and eight years.

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