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June 18 2007 at 5:33 PM

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"Husband receives probation for wife's murder
5/11/2007 4:12 PM
By: News 8 Austin Staff

A Bastrop County man was sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to murder.

Robert Crerar, 67, dialed 911 in October 2006 and told dispatchers he had killed his 73-year-old wife in their home near Paige.

Prosecutors say they presented the court with evidence showing the defendant stabbed his wife 47 times. The defense showed Crerar was suffering from severe depression and was taking a dangerous mix of antidepressants.

Some victims' right advocates say the probation sentence sends the wrong message. Bastrop County DA Bryan Goertz says the evidence tells a different story.

"That would be a common reaction. Unless the person was in the courtroom and actually heard the evidence, it would be difficult to say it was an appropriate reaction,"

As a condition of his probation, Crerar will have to undergo psychological counseling."

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