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Woman's Death Ruled A Homicide

By DAVID OWENS

The Hartford Courant

May 9, 2008

HEBRON

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An 80-year-old woman whose husband allegedly beat her with a hammer has died and the state medical examiner has declared her death a homicide.

Francoise Genesse died Wednesday at Hartford Hospital. She was taken there April 25 after the assault.

Her husband, 85-year-old Clermont Genesse, remains in custody on $1 million bail, charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

A spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office said Francoise Genesse died of blunt head trauma.

The early morning attack occurred April 25, hours after Francoise and Clermont Genesse had signed papers to move into a home for the elderly. Clermont allegedly attacked his wife with a hammer and a knife. He later told state police his plan was to kill his wife, then himself. "The accused stated that he did not want them to live a miserable life," a state trooper wrote in a report.

He is also accused of assaulting his daughter, who went to her mother's aid during the alleged attack.

Clermont Genesse's daughter told police that, at the end of March, he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Genesse is due back in court May 14, where additional charges are expected to be added. Tolland State's Attorney Matthew C. Gedansky said he could not comment on what might happen May 14.

At Genesse's arraignment April 25 in Superior Court in Rockville, Judge Carl J. Schuman ordered that the man undergo a competency evaluation. Police and Genesse's lawyer, Public Defender David Channing, said Genesse had trouble recalling what happened, as well as basic information, such as his age and where he lived.

Genesse is being held at Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown.