Annie Oliver may be the oldest female homicide suspect in Jackson County history - at least that anyone in the prosecutor's office can remember.
Last week, Oliver, 80, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the killing of her husband, Ronald Oliver. The octogenarian told officers responding to the scene that she was tired of being verbally abused by Ronald Oliver, so she hit him with a baseball bat.
Oliver may be the oldest woman charged in a homicide in Jackson County, but she isn't the oldest person.
In January, 93-year-old Harry Irwin was charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his 95-year-old wife, Grace Irwin.
In the Oliver case, court records say the woman's granddaughter called Kansas City police to her grandparents' home in the 4300 block of Norton Avenue on April 17 around 12:49 p.m. The granddaughter told authorities that her grandmother had phoned her and asked that she send her uncle over to lock up her home because she'd badly injured her husband. Asked what happened, Oliver told her granddaughter that Ronald had hit her on the hand and "began talking smart to her," so she hit him in the head with a baseball bat and cut him with a knife.
Officers found Ronald Oliver in a southwest bedroom near a large pool of blood. In the police report, the officers noted that he had suffered from blunt force trauma to the head, part of his skull was exposed, and blood spatter and brain matter were spotted on the floor and a wall.
Officers also noted that Annie Oliver had a cut between her index finger and thumb of her left hand. She refused to talk to detectives, asking for an attorney.