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DISABLED AIR FORCE VETERAN HELD WITHOUT BAIL IN SLAYING OF WIFE

A disabled military veteran was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder Friday in the stabbing death of his wife.

Orleans County sheriff's investigators said that Matthew Farrow, 45, is being held without bail in Orleans County Jail pending an appearance Monday before Orleans County Judge James P. Punch.

Investigators said Farrow's 10-year-old daughter was awakened just after 3 a.m. Friday by a scream from her mother, Anne-Marie, 43, and she called 911 saying her mother needed an ambulance.

Investigators said that Farrow also called his mother-in-law, Roberta McDermott of Rochester, and left a message for her to get to his Albion home -- a one-story house two miles east of the village on Route 31.

According to a sworn statement filed with court papers, McDermott, 75, told investigators, "I called Matt back to ask him why and he said that he just stabbed Anne-Marie and that she was dead."

Police and paramedics rushed to the residence where they said they found Anne-Marie Farrow still alive at about 3:30 a.m. She was taken to Medina Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead about 45 minutes later.

Orleans County Sheriff Scott D. Hess said at a news conference that the couple argued before the attack and that Farrow -- who served in the Air Force in Desert Storm in the early 1990s -- stabbed his wife with what Hess described as a collector's knife with a blade 6 to 8 inches long.

Investigators said Farrow told them, "Tonight was our last night together, she was kicking me out."

McDermott, according to her sworn statement, told investigators the Farrows' marriage was troubled in recent years because of an illness that struck Farrow about 10 years ago, putting him in a wheelchair. The nature of that illness could not be learned late Friday.

McDermott also said in her statement that the stress of caring for a young daughter and an ill husband wore her daughter down over the years.

"They pretty much kept to themselves; aside from the occasional hello, they didn't talk very much," said Anthony Torre, who has lived across the street from the couple for several years. Other neighbors expressed the same view.

The 10-year-old is the couple's only child. Farrow has a grown son from a previous marriage, according to Orleans County Undersheriff Steven Smith.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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