Vets Home Resident Dies In Stabbing; Wife Charged With Murder

A 67-year-old resident of the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles died after being stabbed there on Sunday afternoon, and his wife has been charged with murder.  The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury says officers found James Wilkerson dead shortly after 4:10 p.m. Sunday, and 70-year-old Esther Wilkerson of Happy Valley was arrested and lodged at NORCOR.   Esther Wilkerson is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Wasco County Circuit Court.  Waterbury says the Wasco County Major Crimes Team, made up of the Oregon State Police, Wasco County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s office, and The Dalles Police Department, are continuing their investigation.  The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs says James Wilkerson served 20 years in the United States Navy including service in Vietnam.  Department Director Cameron Smith offered condolences to the family in a statement, adding residents at the Veterans Home are safe and there will be support for them onsite.

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