February 4, 2010 in Idaho

Idaho man charged with attempted murder of wife

Associated Press

MOSCOW — A 38-year-old Deary-area man has been charged with first-degree attempted murder after prosecutors say he tried to shoot his wife.

Matthew Stephen Ortman was charged in 2nd District Court on Wednesday. He denied the charges and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing later this month.

Investigators say Shelly Ortman called the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, saying her husband was trying to kill her. Deputy Sheriff Ryan Weaver says when emergency workers arrived on the scene, they treated the woman for injuries but she was not struck by gunfire.

Investigators say in court documents that Matthew Ortman became angry after Shelly Ortman said she didn’t love him anymore, and that he fired several shots and struck her.

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