Tucson Man Admits Beating Wife to Death With Flashlight in 2006

A Tucson man who spent more than three years in Canada fighting extradition back to Arizona admitted this afternoon to the 2006 beating death of his wife.

Henry Fischbacher told the Pima County Superior Court that he beat his wife to death with a flashlight on October 5, 2006, after an argument at the couples' home.

According to police, Fischbacher's wife, Lisa, returned home from a trip, and the couple began arguing.

After the two had gone to bed, Fischbacher got a heavy flashlight and used it to beat her repeatedly.

Lisa Fischbacher's body was found floating in the backyard pool at her home the next day after Fischbacher's sister called 911 to report her brother had told her he "had bludgeoned his wife to death and dragged her into the pool."

Fischbacher, at that point, fled to Canada, where he was arrested a few days later after attempting suicide at a hotel in Parry Sound, Ontario.

The Pima County Attorney's Office filed first-degree murder charges against Fischbacher, but he fought extradition back to Arizona for more than three years.

Canada refuses to extradite suspects if they face execution in their country of origin but returned Fischbacher in November of 2009 after prosecutors assured Canadian officials they would not seek the death penalty.

When Fischbacher is sentenced on June 28, he faces from 16 to 20 years in prison.

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