Mesa PD: 1 woman dead, 1 man arrested after attempted murder-suicide

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David Vipond, 60, charged with first-degree murder of his wife (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) David Vipond, 60, charged with first-degree murder of his wife (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
David Vipond, 60, charged with first-degree murder of his wife (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) David Vipond, 60, charged with first-degree murder of his wife (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Mesa police have arrested a man in an attempted murder-suicide that left one woman dead.

According to Detective Nik Rasheta with Mesa PD, officers arrived to a residence near Greenfield Road and Southern Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27 for a suicide call.

Rasheta said a man had called 911 saying he just stabbed himself after stabbing his wife. 

[PDF: Original police report on attempted murder-suicide]

When officers arrived on scene, they found a deceased adult female, identified as Elizabeth Vipond and a seriously injured man, identified as David Vipond, inside the residence. 

According to court documents, David told the 911 operator that he had stabbed his wife at 4 p.m. and she was not breathing but did not call 911 until about 11:30 p.m.

Officers found multiple knives and an ice pick on the nightstand next to the bed. 

Documents state that two of the knives and the ice pick had blood on their blades.

David told officers that he and his wife had decided to end their lives because of financial burdens. He said that his wife asked him to stab her first. He admitted to stabbing her and then himself.

Officers did not find any note or writing that indicated the two wanted to end their lives. David said after he stabbed himself he lay in bed and waited but could not go on, so he called the police.

David was taken to a local hospital in serious condition and was charged with one count of premeditated first-degree murder.

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