Man charged in wife’s death appears in court

ENFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — An Enfield man charged in the death of his wife stood before a judge Tuesday.

Police arrested 49-year-old John Dewees last week after the body of his wife, 45-year-old Anja Dewees, was found Friday in their 4 Magnolia Drive home in Enfield.

According to court documents, Anja had medical issues and had to wear a diaper. Police believe her husband got angry with her for using the bathroom in her diaper and threw her into the tub.

That’s how they think she hit her head and died. Dewees then had told a neighbor “I killed her” and that neighbor called police.

“I thought he was a good family man.” Carl Cianfrani, a friend of Dewees, said at his arraignment.

Dewees is charged with manslaughter. Court documents reveal Dewees told police an inconsistent story about his wife falling in the bathtub and hitting her head, saying he thought his wife had been knocked out.

Instead of getting her medical attention, he says he put medical spray on her head and put her to bed but when he woke up she was cold and stiff and her eyes were open. Dewees says he didn’t call anyone even after determining his wife was dead because he wanted to stay with her a couple of days.

“I don’t see him hurting her at all, in any way, but I don’t know what happened,” Cianfrani said.

Cianfrani says Dewees would never hurt his wife but police see things differently. Court documents reveal detectives grilled Dewees about holes in his story: they don’t believe his wife just fell, they think Dewees got upset with Anja for defecating in her diaper and threw her into the tub causing her to hit her head — they say Dewees nodded in agreement at their version of what happened.

Dewees bond has been lowered from $250,000 down to $175,000 and he is on suicide watch. He will be in court again this time in Hartford June 17.

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