Boise man pleads not guilty to killing wife

csewell@idahostatesman.comJune 11, 2013 

Bruce Macomb.

— Bruce William Macomb on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife at their Southeast Boise home. A trial is set for Oct. 30 before Judge Ronald Wilper.

Macomb, 62, allegedly strangled his wife to death in February, before attempting to kill himself.

Beba Macomb, 58, died at 5 a.m. on Feb. 16. Police did not find her body until 4 p.m. when they performed a welfare check at the home.

Officers said Bruce Macomb had slashed his own neck and wrists in an attempt to commit suicide before police arrived.

Bruce Macomb is charged with a felony count of murder and a misdemeanor count of failing to report a death. If convicted, he could face the death penalty, or life in prison. He is being held without bond.

Now that Macomb has entered a plea, prosecutors have 60 days to decide if they will seek the death penalty.

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