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Woman accused of shooting husband reportedly upset over insurance policy

October 22, 2009

INWOOD, W.Va. -- A woman reportedly upset that her husband removed her as a beneficiary of his insurance policy is accused of shooting the man Wednesday night, according to charging documents filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Flor Demaria Slone, 41, of 87 Russell Way in Kearneysville, W.Va., was being held Thursday at Eastern Regional Jail without bond on felony counts of kidnapping and malicious assault, according to court records.

A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 29 by Magistrate JoAnn Overington, who arraigned Slone Thursday morning.

Stephen K. Slone, 45, was in fair condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., a hospital spokesperson said.

Slone was shot in the chest at his home at 5409 Winchester Ave. in Inwood, W.Va., West Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Schuessler said.

Schuessler responded to investigate at 8:30 p.m., according to court records.

Stephen Slone called Schuessler from the hospital Thursday at 1:19 a.m. and gave the officer a statement about the fight with his wife, who since has denied shooting him, according to court records.

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Slone, who is separated from his wife, told Schuessler that Flor Slone arrived at his residence about 6 p.m. and held a firearm to his head after he answered the door, according to the trooper's complaint.

"... Once inside the residence they sat in the living room talking and then ... she just snapped," Schuessler said of Slone's statement in the complaint.

His wife picked up the firearm, stood in front of him and then picked up a small square pillow and fired one round through it, Schuessler said.

The bullet struck him on the right side, but didn't penetrate, the victim told Schuessler.

"She then dropped the pillow and then fired another round, which went into his right side and then out through his back," Schuessler said in the complaint.

The defendant then dropped the firearm and ran out the door, Schuessler said. The victim got up and went to the kitchen to dial 911, but couldn't because of all the blood, so he ran outside to his neighbors for help, Schuessler said.

Stephen Slone was found by Schuessler covered in blood on the front stoop of a neighbor's home and appeared to be shot in the right pectoral region of his chest, according to the complaint.

A neighbor of the victim told police that Stephen Slone asked her earlier in the day to "watch over" his residence and had told her that he had taken his wife off of his insurance policy, according to court records.

The neighbor told police that Slone also indicated after he was shot that his wife had held him at gunpoint for about three hours.

The weapon apparently used in the shooting, a .22-caliber pistol, was found on the living room floor with the slide pulled back, according to Schuessler's complaint.

The trooper also found two empty shell casings, one inside a plastic bag that had a hole in the bottom and black residue around it and another that fell from the slide action of the firearm when it was picked up to clear it of ammunition, according to Schuessler's complaint.

Another round of ammunition was found in the chamber of the gun, Schuessler said.

A pillow found at the base of a recliner in the living room appeared to have a bullet hole through it or a burn marking and there were bloody footprints in the room and large pools of blood in the kitchen, according to Schuessler's complaint.

State Police Cpl. J.D. Burkhart and Trooper W.M. Roden found a bullet lodged in the wall behind the recliner and the defendant later was found in Jefferson County, according to Schuessler's complaint.

The defendant told police she visited her husband's house and had changed clothes since returning home herself, but denied shooting him, according to Schuessler's complaint.


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