In Connecticut and Elsewhere, Laying Criminal Blame for Suicide

Two days after being discharged from a psychiatric hospital, Joan Bartush committed suicide.

And nearly two years after her death, Connecticut prosecutors charged her husband with second-degree murder � the first time in Connecticut an adult was charged with contributing to the death of another adult who suffered from depression and committed suicide.

Steven Bartush, 36, is accused of contributing to his wife's suicide on Oct. 6, 2001, by leaving the gun she used to shoot herself in a dresser drawer. According to the arrest warrant, he told hospital personnel and family members that Joan Bartush, 32, did not have access to the weapon. Bartush faces up to 10 years in prison if a jury believes he recklessly caused his wife's death. A trial date has not been set.

CourtTV has details of the Bartush case and many others from around the country in which people have been charged after others committed suicide here.