Husband charged with wife’s murder out of hospital

March 17, 2009

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A Columbus man who police believe killed his wife last week is under observation at Baptist Behavioral Health Care--Willowbrook, and was expected to be sent to jail later today. 

 


George Pate was transferred to the facility Friday after he was released from Baptist Memorial Hospital--Golden Triangle''s Intensive Care Unit, where he was being treated for an apparent self-inflicted drug overdose. 

 


Pate is being charged with the murder of his wife, Peggy Pate. 

 


She was found dead by police Wednesday at her home at 415 Eighth St. S., after being shot with a large-caliber handgun. Police George Pate unconscious in the same room as his wife''s body. 

 


"There was a concern he was suicidal," said Columbus Police Department Capt. Fred Shelton. "We already have a warrant for his arrest, and he has already been charged with murder." 

 


Pate is under 24-hour guard by the CPD. As soon as he is cleared to leave the Willowbrook facility he will be taken directly to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center. 

 


"We expect he will be released from Willowbrook later today," said Shelton. 

 


A memorial fund has been established in memory of Peggy Pate. The money will be used to help her sons, Alex and Hunter Pate, handle funeral, legal and future educational expenses. Donations can be made at any branch of Regions Bank.  

 


No trial date or preliminary hearing for George Pate has been set.