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Cary woman, 61, charged in husband's death after TV dispute

Posted May 9, 2013

— A Cary woman was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with murder after she allegedly strangled her husband to death after an argument over the TV.

Police responding to 101 Carbon Hill Court around 11 p.m. Wednesday found Sharad Ramchandrarao Amtey, 77, unresponsive. He was taken to Rex Hospital in Raleigh, where he was pronounced dead.

Dottie Delaney Amtey, 61, was taken into custody early Thursday and was given a $1 million secured bond at an initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Howard Cummings said during the hearing that his office won't be prosecuting Amtey for first-degree murder, but he did not say exactly why.

"I talked with the officers at 5:30 a.m. when the charges were authorized and have talked with them again about it and know something about the history of the family, and it appears that, at most, it would be a second-degree case," he said.

According to Cary police reports, officers have been called to the home five times since 2010 about matters involving an adult son who lived there and not the couple. At least one of the reports, however, did have to do about an assault against Sharad Amtey.

It's unclear what led to his death Wednesday night, but several sources told WRAL News that Sharad Amtey had been in an argument prior to the strangling that revolved around the television. He wanted it off, the sources said, and pulled the cable from the wall, and family members got angry.

Dottie Amtey Cary woman arrested in death of husband

According to a 911 call released early Thursday, an unidentified woman reported he was unconscious and not breathing and that other family members in the home were "freaking out."

"(She) said she just choked her husband to death. He was very sick and old, and she said she just killed him," the caller said.

Neighbor Christine Harney said Thursday that she was shocked by the allegations and said the couple mostly kept to themselves.

"I feel sad, because the only time I saw her looking happy was when she was running," Harney said. "I think she had a hard life. I don't know why or what was going on, and I'm sad he passed away, but I just know her, and it just doesn't add up."

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  • NCSU84 May 13, 12:45 p.m.

    Taxman...We watch out for each other and we do not tolerate folks coming to Cary who do not belong here. If you come to Cary without a good reason you will probably be stopped and asked what you are doing here - and you better have a good explanation or you may get to see the Magistrate who loves to set high bail......

    Wow, you make it sound like Cary is a small country instead of a city. What town or city in the United States don't allow people to visit and explore their surroundings.

    csw
    May 10, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    That is too funny!!

  • LuvLivingInCary May 13, 11:38 a.m.

    not sure why so many people are jealous of cary. sad state of people today.

  • westernwake1 May 13, 8:32 a.m.

    'We live in Cary because we have a great police department and a lot less crime than most of the surrounding areas. We watch out for each other and we do not tolerate folks coming to Cary who do not belong here. If you come to Cary without a good reason you will probably be stopped and asked what you are doing here - and you better have a good explanation or you may get to see the Magistrate who loves to set high bail...... We love our Cary PD!!!! They are absolutely wonderful. And you can't go very far in Cary without seeing them!' - Tax Man

    "Really TaxMan? and how is it determined who belongs in Cary or not? Do the Police officers in Cary stop every car that comes into Cary?" - icmfal

    Similar to the rules about the allowed shades to paint your home in Cary, I expect there is a list of allowed cars. Recent model minivans, SUVs, Volvos, etc. - all on the good list. Older model junk cars - stop & search. :)

  • bnorris6 May 10, 4:50 p.m.

    Crime happens everywhere as we see it can happen the "wonderful" town of Cary.

  • csw May 10, 2:00 p.m.

    Taxman...We watch out for each other and we do not tolerate folks coming to Cary who do not belong here. If you come to Cary without a good reason you will probably be stopped and asked what you are doing here - and you better have a good explanation or you may get to see the Magistrate who loves to set high bail......

    Wow, you make it sound like Cary is a small country instead of a city. What town or city in the United States don't allow people to visit and explore their surroundings.

  • NCSU84 May 10, 1:55 p.m.

    They needed two TVs, one in the den and the other in the bedroom. Both need to be smart TVs to get stuff off the web.

  • icmfal May 10, 1:28 p.m.

    We live in Cary because we have a great police department and a lot less crime than most of the surrounding areas. We watch out for each other and we do not tolerate folks coming to Cary who do not belong here. If you come to Cary without a good reason you will probably be stopped and asked what you are doing here - and you better have a good explanation or you may get to see the Magistrate who loves to set high bail...... We love our Cary PD!!!! They are absolutely wonderful. And you can't go very far in Cary without seeing them! - Tax Man

    Really TaxMan? and how is it determined who belongs in Cary or not? Do the Police officers in Cary stop every car that comes into Cary?

  • itsmyownopinion May 10, 1:22 p.m.

    Neighbor Christine Harney said Thursday that she was shocked by the allegations and said the couple mostly kept to themselves.

    "I feel sad, because the only time I saw her looking happy was when she was running," Harney said. "I think she had a hard life. I don't know why or what was going on, and I'm sad he passed away, but I just know her, and it just doesn't add up."

    I just hope her "confession" is not because she's covering for someone else.

  • outdoor592000 May 10, 10:58 a.m.

    Wow, should have just bought her her own Big Screen! Or maybe it was because of the latest TWC bill??? That is enough to shock you.

  • TARHEELS83 May 10, 10:12 a.m.

    Like I said, somebody snapped and came unglued!

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