Criminal Justice

Prosecutor Considering Wife’s Murder Claim

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October 1, 2013 — A central Indiana prosecutor is considering today whether to file charges against a woman who told police she fatally shot her husband after he began loading a gun magazine to shoot officers if they came to the couple’s home.

A Hancock County judge yesterday allowed authorities to keep 55-year-old Elizabeth Roberts jailed as the case is reviewed.

Roberts was taken into custody after 57-year-old Gary Roberts’ death on Friday at the couple’s rural home.

County Prosecutor Michael Griffin says he’s considering whether the shooting was a justifiable homicide.

Court documents say Elizabeth Roberts had called police, saying her husband was suicidal and had numerous weapons.  She told police he became irate but handed her a gun “and told her to do what she needed to do.”

 

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