CROWN POINT, Ind. (STMW) — A Dyer physician despondent over his own medical problems and his elderly mother’s health issues has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in his mother’s shooting death last year.

Charles Odell Davidson, 77, indicated in court records that his mother, Blanch Bradley, told him she wished to commit suicide and asked him to assist her.

Davidson had been diagnosed with cancer, and had discussed his health issues with Bradley, who was infirm, unable to care for herself and depended on Davidson and his wife for her care.

On April 1, 2012, Davidsion admitted he shot Bradley as she lay in her bed in a darkened room. Wounded in the leg and chest, Bradley died from her injuries.

Davidson, who has been free on $10,000 cash bond, faces two to eight years on the charge. Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez scheduled an Aug. 16 sentencing hearing. Defense attorney Darnail Lyles and trial supervisor Kathleen O’Halloran will argue an appropriate sentence.

The plea agreement calls for dismissal of charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter and assisting suicide charges.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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