An 85-year-old Pacifica man accused of trying to kill his 72-year-old wife last year for reportedly “bugging” him and not loving him anymore may not see justice because he is reportedly in a coma and is expected to die in the next two weeks, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Tony Gocksue Lee faces several charges related to the attempted killing of his wife, Jeanette, whom he was married to for the previous 54 years, reportedly without conflict, Wagstaffe said.
Lee allegedly stabbed his wife seven times July 13, seriously injuring her, Wagstaffe said. At the time, it is alleged that Lee thought he had killed his wife.
According to a family friend, who had called the Lees to say she was going to bring over some dinner, Lee told her not to bother since he had already killed Jeanette with a knife for “bugging” him and not loving him anymore, Wagstaffe said. He also told the friend that he was going to die.
The friend called police and Lee reportedly volunteered that he had killed his wife, who was bleeding on the dining room floor, Wagstaffe said. She was rushed to the hospital and survived the attack.
Lee's attorney questioned his client's competency in October and the court suspended criminal proceedings while Lee underwent mental health evaluations. In December, the doctors for the prosecution and the defense arrived at different conclusions and a third doctor was assigned the case to act as a tie-breaker, Wagstaffe said.
The third doctor was scheduled to make his report Wednesday. However, the defendant was not present and the court was advised that Lee is in a coma and is expected to die within the next two weeks, Wagstaffe said.
The case was continued to March 18.