Coleman told Dallas police that he had let the woman borrow his electric wheelchair to go to the store.
DALLAS, TX (KXAS) - Dallas homicide detectives say a woman was killed by her boyfriend after a fight over the man's electric wheelchair.
According to the Dallas police, 71-year-old Robert Coleman admitted to stabbing his 43-year-old girlfriend, though he claims it was in self-defense.
Coleman told Dallas police that he had let the woman borrow his electric wheelchair to go to the store. The man said the couple then argued after she failed to return the Hoveround in a timely manner, according to the police report.
Coleman told police that the woman hit him on the back with a wooden cane and then came at him with a knife. Coleman then grabbed a knife as well and fatally stabbed the woman in the chest, police said.
According to police, the couple had been involved in a previous "injury to an elderly" offense where the woman was charged with injuring Coleman. Police said there was a protective order connected to that offense, but that it had expired.
Coleman had injuries on his back that were consistent with being struck by a cane, police said. The man will be released and the case will be referred to a grand jury to determine whether charges will be filed.
Police did not identify the name of the victim, saying her family had not been notified of her death.