Police - Husband in Olean calls 911 after murdering his wife

Posted at 9:55 AM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-15 13:30:24-04

A man in Olean was arrested on Saturday for the murder of his wife, according to Captain Robert Blovsky of the Olean Police Department.

Olean Police say Edward Smith, 50, called 911 Saturday morning and told the dispatcher that he murdered his wife. When police arrived at the Olean House, located at 132 North Union Street, around 6:40 a.m., they were met at the door to Apartment 331 by Edward Smith, according to the Olean Times Herald.

Police say they found Kathy Smith dead inside. Officers told the Olean Times Herald they believe Kathy was killed sometime between midnight Saturday and when officers arrived at the apartment Saturday morning.

Captain Blovsky says Kathy was stabbed in the chest. Official results will be revealed Monday morning's autopsy.

According to the Olean Times Herald, the Olean House is a federally subsidized housing facility for people with low incomes and disabilities. Neighbors told the news outlet the couple was unable to work, but believed Edward was previously a security guard.

Neighbors also told the Olean Times Herald they are shocked by the incident. They say there was no indication the couple had a troubled or violent relationship. They also said they did not hear anything unusual from the couple's apartment either Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Edward Smith was arrested and taken to Olean General Hospital after he became sick while at the police department, according to the Olean Times Herald. He was released on Sunday and brought back to the Olean Police Department for booking.

Smith was transferred to the Cattaraugus County Jail where he will wait, without bail, for his preliminary hearing in Olean City Court on Tuesday.

Smith is charged with second degree murder, first degree assault and fourth degree of criminal possession of a weapon.