ABERDEEN, N.C. (AP) — Superior Court Judge James Webb has refused to lower a $1 million bond for an 81-year-old Aberdeen woman accused of shooting her husband to death.

The hearing last week was the second time attorney Arthur Donadio for Margaret Kellis has tried to get her bond reduced. Her attorney has argued Kellis has health issues of her own and could be helping care for a son recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Kellis is charged in the July 2016 death of her husband, 76-year-old Dallas Kellis.  Kellis called 911, and told the dispatcher, “I think he’s dead.”  She said she was at McDonald’s, and when she arrived at her home on Sand Pit Road, her husband was unresponsive.

Assistant District Attorney Peter Strickland said Kellis threatened to kill another inmate while in jail and would pose “a danger to herself and others” if released. Authorities also said Kellis’ relatives had told them they believed she was a flight risk.


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