A former California assemblyman has been charged with helping his wife kill herself in 2016, PEOPLE confirms.
Steve Clute, 69, is accused of aiding the suicide of his 66-year-old wife, Pam Clute, a respected math educator who was found dead in the couple’s home in Palm Desert, California, on Aug. 21, 2016.
Steve was charged on Thursday. He served in the state assembly from 1982 to 1992.
Prosecutors allege that he provided his wife with the handgun she used to kill herself, according to John Hall, a spokesman with the Riverside County, California, District Attorney’s Office.
Hall says the charge came after a follow-up investigation into Pam’s death, following “a significant and thorough investigation initially.”
The DA’s office requested the additional inquiry after reviewing the evidence from the first probe, Hall says.
Steve’s defense attorney, Virginia Blumenthal, says he will plead not guilty at his arraignment, which is scheduled for Wednesday. She tells PEOPLE that Steve