Delavan man ordered held on $1M bond after police say he confessed to fatally stabbing his wife

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Robert Scott

DELAVAN -- A Delavan man police said confessed to killing his wife was ordered held on $1 million bond on Monday, Jan. 7 in Walworth County.

Police said 56-year-old Robert Scott was discovered in the driveway of a home near Channel Drive and Mulberry Avenue Sunday morning, Jan. 6 around 10:30 a.m. He was taken into custody on first degree intentional homicide charges.

"The suspect was cooperative with the police," said Town of Delavan Police Chief Raymond Clark.

The 58-year-old woman, identified by police as Rochelle Scott, was found dead inside the home -- with stab wounds. She was a registered nurse at Lakeland Hospital in Elkhorn. Court documents show she filed for divorce on Dec. 20.

Ken Purgatorio

"It appears that the husband is the person who did this. He is in custody and we believe he is our primary suspect in this," said Chief Clark.

Friends and neighbors said the couple was well known in the community -- always hosting parties and gatherings. They said they never suspected trouble at the home.

Karen Adelman

"Very friendly, outgoing. They had pool parties all the time at their house. Everybody was always welcome at their house to go swimming," said Ken Purgatorio, neighbor.

Neighbors said they heard the sirens as police arrived around 11 a.m.

"We probably knew the husband more through the years and never would've suspected he could've done something like this. I can't believe it. I just can't believe it," said Karen Adelman, neighbor.

Purgatorio said he noticed some suspicious activity on Saturday, but didn't think much of it.

Richard Beaulieu

"He kept driving up and down the street, and then this happened," said Purgatorio.

Richard Beaulieu, the owner of South Shore Bar and Grill near the Scott home said Robert Scott was a regular.

"There's a lot of talk. He didn't come in too much with her. I saw him Saturday morning and he seemed quite comfortable. He just came in for breakfast. Everybody here is really shocked about it. No one would've expected something like this out of him. He was pretty quiet," said Beaulieu.

Scott appeared in court Monday for a bail/bond hearing by video. He's due back in court Thursday, Jan. 10. He faces up to life in prison.

Meanwhile, FOX6 News reached out to Rochelle Scott's divorce attorney for comment, but we have not heard back.

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