Friday, October 18, 2002


Woman Accused of Biting Husband to Death

A Modesto woman was behind bars Thursday, accused of biting her husband to death.

Police say 45-year-old Kelli Pratt held her husband down and bit him repeatedly when he refused to have sex with her. Arthur Pratt, 65, died in the hospital six days later. Investigators say his body was covered with more than 20 deep tooth marks.

"Most of the bites were confined to his arms and his abdomen," said Sgt. Al Carter with the Modesto Police Department. "A few were very deep with major tissue damage. But a lot of them were the bites that you see where there's pressure points and there's bruising."

Homicide charges are pending the outcome of the toxicology results. Investigators say those tests could determine if the bites caused infections that killed Arthur Pratt.