Originally published 10/28/2004
Glyn Scharf, convicted Thursday of killing his wife, tried to take his own life Sunday morning and declared that he would continue to try until he succeeds, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.
A guard found Scharf slumped against a toilet in the county jail in Placerville, having apparently used a jail- issue razor to cut himself at the elbow, sheriff's spokesman Lt. Kevin House said. Socks and clothing prevented blood from spilling onto the cell floor.
An El Dorado County jury found Scharf guilty of first-degree murder in the disappearance of his wife, Jan Scharf, 45, a nurse and mother whose body was never found. The prosecution's case suggested that Glyn Scharf slowly poisoned his wife and buried her jewelry in his former girlfriend's lawn.
Jan Scharf vanished May 14, 2002, not long after she had filed divorce papers against her husband of four years.
Glyn Scharf was arrested in May 2003, about a year after his wife's disappearance. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 30, House said.
"He made a comment that ... there's no future for him, no reason for him to be here," House said.
Scharf had said nothing before the suicide attempt to indicate his intentions, House said. He is on 24-hour watch now.
Officer Ethan Olsen, noticing that Scharf was in an awkward position in his cell at 1:37 a.m. Sunday, called for officers to back him up as he checked the inmate, House said. Officers found Scharf unconscious with an apparent cut at the elbow.
"He slashed it open to where it would be wide open," House said. "He took socks and clothing in the cell and packed the whole thing to keep blood from flowing everywhere."
Paramedics arrived within eight minutes and took Scharf - who had worked as a paramedic - to Marshall Hospital in Placerville. House said officers monitored him at the hospital, where he stated that he would try again to kill himself.
Scharf was returned to the jail Monday evening, Sgt. Chris Koontz said.
House said Scharf used a state- approved razor, an object that inmates typically have to account for on a regular basis. "Some people are just determined," House said.