Redding murder case continued to August

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DANBURY — The case of the retired physician assistant from Redding accused of killing his wife earlier this year has been continued to next month.

Richard Commaille, 70, was charged with murder last month following a police investigation into the untimely death of his 64-year-old wife three months ago.

Nanci Commaille was found dead from a gunshot wound at the couple’s Top Ledge Road home on April 6.

Her husband called 911 that night reporting that she had “just shot herself with a gun,” according to the warrant for Richard Commaille’s arrest.

Responding officers noted “voluminous amounts of blood” at the scene and “obvious signs of a fatal gunshot wound to the head.”

According to authorities, Commaille claimed his wife killed herself and called several other people — including his daughter, friends, neighbors and his wife’s primary care physician — before calling 911.

He allegedly told police his wife had been drinking excessively for the past 10 years and that she would talk about fatally shooting herself when she was inebriated.

His wife’s primary care physician told police she had been drinking excessively, but said he did not believe she had suicidal ideation.

Investigators noted inconsistencies between what Commaille told authorities and evidence found at the crime scene, according to police, and DNA test results showed a mixture of the victim’s blood and a “male donor” on the pistol, as well as gunshot residue particles on Commaille’s hands.

Nanci Commaille’s death was ruled a homicide and Richard Commaille was arrested June 9.

Commaille’s attorney, Edward Gavin, said his client’s scheduled plea hearing on Tuesday was “basically a check-in” via video, as criminal trial activities have been suspended due to the governor’s public health mandate.

Commaille’s case was transferred from state Superior Court in Waterbury to Danbury following the recent reopening of the Danbury courthouse.

His next court date is scheduled for Aug.12.