"First taken to an Edmonds hospital, Larsen began having seizures and became unresponsive and was transferred to Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill in Seattle, where he was treated for overdosing on Wellbutrin, an anti-depression medication, charging papers say."
Lynnwood-area man pleads not guilty to wife's slaying
Seattle Times staff reporter
A 49-year-old Lynnwood-area man on Monday pleaded not guilty to a second-degree-murder charge filed in connection with the fatal shooting of his wife, according to Snohomish County prosecutors.
Bart R. Larsen is being held in the Snohomish County Jail on $1 million bail.
On April 15, Edmonds police responded to a report of a disabled vehicle at Highway 99 and Highway 104 and found Larsen slumped over the steering wheel of his pickup, according to charging documents. Officers who impounded his vehicle later found an unloaded 9-mm handgun in the back seat, the papers say.
First taken to an Edmonds hospital, Larsen began having seizures and became unresponsive and was transferred to Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill in Seattle, where he was treated for overdosing on Wellbutrin, an anti-depression medication, charging papers say.
A social worker at the Edmonds hospital tried contacting Larsen's wife, Cristy Larsen, 47, but got no response, charging papers say. She called 911 and a deputy went to the Larsens' residence just before midnight, but no one answered the door.
The following day, April 16, Cristy Larsen's parents and adult son went to the house, concerned because she had not shown up for work, charging papers say. They called 911 and a deputy responded and accompanied her relatives inside. They found "a significant amount of blood" on the floor in the entryway, in the front room and on the stairs leading upstairs, charging papers say.
The family members were told to wait outside and a second deputy accompanied the first deputy back inside, where they found Cristy Larsen's body in an upstairs bedroom, the papers say.
During their investigation, deputies learned that Cristy Larsen had told her family that she'd asked her husband for a divorce and Bart Larsen "had told her that he would sooner burn the house down than let Cristy have it in the divorce," the papers say.
After getting a search warrant, detectives found several shell casing and empty pill bottles in the house, the papers say. They also found fresh flowers, a bag of chocolate and a card in which Bart Larsen allegedly expressed his love for Cristy and promised to "do whatever it takes to be in your life," the papers say.
A scientist at the State Patrol Crime Lab determined that shell casings and projectiles found at the crime scene were fired by the 9-mm gun found in Bart Larsen's pickup, the papers say.
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