A TWISTED husband who drunkenly trapped his wife inside a hot tub before she drowned has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Chicago police arrested Eric Huska, 58, after CCTV revealed he closed the tub’s lid over his wife Laura, 57, as she desperately tried to escape.
Eric Huska, 58, in his hot tub with wife Laura, 58[/caption]
Eric has been charged with involuntary manslaughter over Laura’s death[/caption]
Police say the home security footage shows Mr Huska intially trying to help his distressed wife out of the water before shutting the lid and heading inside their home.
He returned 90 minutes later to find Laura floating in the water.
The couple had been enjoying a dip in the tub during a Saturday of drinking in the garden of their Wheeling home in Illinois.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled the death was a homicide.
For whatever reason he put the cover over her head. We are sure alcohol was a major factor.
Deputy Chief Todd Wolff
Deputy Chief Todd Wolff said: “For whatever reason he put the cover over her head. We are sure alcohol was a major factor.”
Mr Huska called police at about 6.45pm local time and emergency services rushed to revive her.
But unable to resuscitate her, Laura was raced to Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview where she was pronounced dead.
Her husband appeared in court on Tuesday with a judge setting his bail at $10,000.
Mr Huska has no history of arrests and police have no record of service calls to couple’s home.
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According to her LinkedIn porifle, Laura worked as an IT manager for a private firm.
Adding to the tragedy, recent social media posts reveal she and her siblings had lost their elderly mother just a week before the hot tub incident.
Photos from Mr Huska’s – now deleted – Facebook page show him and his wife enjoying the hot tub on multiple occasions.
Mr Huska posted photos of his hot tub on his Facebook page, which has since been deleted[/caption]
Police arrested Mr Huska after reviewing home surveillance footage that showed him closing the lid on his wife as she struggled to get out[/caption]
Mr Huska has no previous record of criminal activity and appeared in court on Tuesday over his wife’s death[/caption]
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