A famous family's grief spilled over in court Friday as Carroll O'Connor's daughter-in-law recalled the last days of her husband Hugh's tormented life and visits to the man she believes supplied him with cocaine.
Angela O'Connor, struggling for composure, finally burst into tears as she told jurors in the slander trial of Carroll O'Connor about her husband's drug-induced suicide on the day of their third wedding anniversary.
Across the courtroom, Carroll O'Connor's face reddened and his wife, Nancy, wept.
"I called him," Angela O'Connor said of her husband's last day. "It was our wedding anniversary. I wanted to see how he was doing."
Angela O'Connor and her son had been living with her in-laws in the weeks preceding Hugh O'Connor's death.
"How was he doing?" asked O'Connor attorney Lucy Inman.
"Not good," replied Angela.. "He was hallucinating, thinking our conversation was being broadcast over the neighborhood."
A short time later, she said, Hugh O'Connor called his father and said he was going to shoot himself. The elder O'Connor called police, and the family rushed to the son's home.