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A suburban Chicago man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the hot tub drowning death of his wife, after police say he was caught on surveillance video partially closing the lid of the tub.
Eric Huska, 58, of Wheeling, was arrested on Saturday night, accused of preventing his wife from getting out of the backyard hot tub.
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The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled the death of 57-year-old Laura Huska a homicide.
According to Wheeling police, home security video showed the couple drinking in the hot tub at their home in the 300 block of Marion Court for some time before the distressed Laura unsuccessfully tried to get out.
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It also showed Eric initially trying to help his wife, but then closing the tub’s lid over her head.
Deputy Chief Todd Wolff said the wife was seen in the video struggling against the cover.
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Eric returned to the tub about 90 minutes later, opened the lid and found his wife floating in the water.
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