Man Faces Murder Charge After 'Deathbed' Confession
Stroke victim recovered after admitting shooting
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2009 5:08 AM CDT
James Brewer is in custody in Tennessee on a murder charge dating back to 1977.   (BBC)

(Newser) – An Oklahoma man's effort to leave the world with a clear conscience has left him facing a murder charge after his premature "deathbed" confession, the Independent reports. The man, believing he he was moments from death after suffering a stroke, called police from the hospital and confessed to killing a neighbor in Tennessee 32 years ago. He later recovered and surrendered to authorities.

"He wanted to cleanse his soul, because he thought he was going to the great beyond," said an investigator in Tennessee, where the man skipped bail on a first-degree murder charge in 1977.