Man takes plea deal in death of ALS sufferer

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) -- A Nevada man has accepted a plea bargain, saying in court that he and a Prescott woman smothered her ailing husband as he lay in bed.

The Daily Courier reports that 63-year-old Charles William Todd of Henderson Wednesday pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder. He faces at least 15 years in prison.

Todd was charged with first-degree murder in the November 2013 death of 52-year-old David Mueller, Cynthia Mueller's husband.

She is charged with first-degree murder and other crimes but has denied involvement in her husband's death.

Police say David Mueller suffered from a degenerative neuromuscular disease and was under his wife's care when he died.

Todd said he and Cynthia Mueller were having an affair and that she asked him to help kill her husband.

She denies that.

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