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Trial set for woman accused of shooting husband

Flor Demaria Slone pleads not guilty to charges

June 04, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD
  • Flor Demaria Slone
West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority,

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The trial for a woman accused of shooting her husband in October 2009 after she reportedly learned he had removed her as a beneficiary on his insurance policy has been scheduled for Nov. 16.

In an arraignment hearing Friday in Martinsburg, Flor Demaria Slone, 41, of 395 Lake Louise Lane in Kearneysville, W.Va., pleaded not guilty to felony counts of kidnapping, attempted first-degree murder, attempted malicious assault and malicious assault.

Slone, who was released on a $25,000 home-confinement bond in November, was allowed to remain on bond by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes, who is presiding over the case.

Slone is accused of shooting Stephen K. Slone in the chest Oct. 21 at his home at 5409 Winchester Ave. in Inwood, W.Va.

Slone was separated from her husband when the shooting occurred, police have said. The victim was in court for Friday's arraignment hearing and Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely said he was living in the area.

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Slone told police that his wife arrived at his residence and held a firearm to his head after he answered the door, according to court records.

At some point after entering the home, police allege Flor Slone picked up a firearm and then picked up a small square pillow and fired one round through it and then dropped the pillow and then fired another round, which went into her husband's right side and out through his back, according to court records.

Stephen Slone was found by police covered in blood on the front stoop of a neighbor's home and appeared to be shot in the right side of his chest, police have said.

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.

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