Wisconsin man allegedly stabbed his wife to death, telling officials she wanted to ‘end her life’

GREENFIELD, Wis. — A Wisconsin man allegedly stabbed his wife to death earlier this month and told officials that she wanted to “end her life.”

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WITI says Braedan Ward, 48, has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his wife to death in early May.

In a criminal complaint obtained by WITI, Greenfield dispatch received a call on May 18 from a concerned person telling them that Braedan allegedly called her and told her that he cut the throat of his wife, Jamie Ward, 50, about ten days prior on May 8. The person also relayed that her body was still in the home.

Greenfield Police officers called the home, but no one picked up. They also knocked at the doors but no one was there. They attempted to contact Braedan and relay that family members were concerned about them. When they finally got ahold of him, according to WITI, he allegedly told them that his wife wanted help to end her life after years of suffering from chronic pain. WITI says Braedan allegedly then told the officers that he stabbed her in the neck on May 4.

WTMJ-TV says it was 14 days after she was killed that police found her body in the bathtub of their home. In documents obtained by WTMJ-TV, Braedan allegedly told police he stabbed her in the shower and she died four minutes later. He then also told them he stabbed her in the back, leg and stomach postmortem in order to drain her blood.

During an interview with police, according to WTMJ-TV, Braedan allegedly told them that his wife started talking about killing herself over the last year with his help and she had asked him to do it on May 3.

Braedan has been booked on a recommended charge of first-degree intentional homicide, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office. He is also being held on a $1 million bond.

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