Man says he ‘lost his mind,’ killed his wife

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police say a man has admitted to killing his wife then trying to kill himself by jumping off a balcony and stabbing himself.

But it didn’t work.

Instead, he’s now in jail for murder.

According to a criminal complaint, 53-year-old Larry Hoffland described the crime in detail, but it still isn’t clear what prompted him in the first place.

Albuquerque police were called to Hoffland’s home near Academy and Lowell in northeast Albuquerque for a welfare check last week.

Hoffland and his wife Geraldine worked at Southwest Airlines and when they didn’t show up Tuesday morning, their co-workers called 911. When they got there, police say they heard groaning from inside the home.

Officers found Hoffland on the ground with an injured back and self-inflicted stab wounds. He told police, “My wife’s in the bedroom. I did it.”

Officers found his wife, Geraldine, dead – with stab wounds to her stomach.

Hoffland told detectives the two went to bed early, then he was woken up in the middle of the night by their dog.

He says he “lost his mind,” took the dog outside, then grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed his wife to death. That’s when Hoffland says he stabbed himself twice, then threw himself off the second story balcony in their home.

When that didn’t work, he says he crawled back up the stairs to jump off again, but couldn’t do it. He was there for about three hours when police found him.

Hoffland was taken to the hospital for his injuries. He was released Monday and booked into jail for an open count of murder.

Online court records show Hoffland filed for divorce in 1988, but it was never finalized.

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