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Washington County man who allegedly fired at wife and mother-in-law is charged with attempted murder

July 13, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Jamie Hiler Wainwright
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A Washington County man was being held without bond Friday after he allegedly fired multiple shots at his wife and mother-in-law while they were in bed watching television Thursday night, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jamie Hiler Wainwright, 37, of 10106 Saint George Circle in Saint James Village North, was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, and one count each of use of a firearm in commission of a felony, wearing a handgun, transporting a handgun in a vehicle, illegal possession of a regulated firearm and possession of a firearm with a felony conviction, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

District Judge Dana Moylan Wright ordered that Wainwright be held without bond following a bail review Friday. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 8, Wright said.

At about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Wainwright entered the house on Saint George Circle where his children, estranged wife and mother-in-law were, Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Hansen told Wright. He entered the bedroom where Mandy Wainwright and Kristy Sacchet were on the bed watching television, Hansen said.

Jamie Wainwright was armed with a handgun and made Mandy Wainwright call his father to come pick up their two children, the statement for application of charges said.

“This is going to end with me putting a gun in my mouth,” Wainwright told his estranged wife, the charging document said. He then stated he was going to kill Mandy Wainwright and Sacchet, the document said.

As Wainwright fired at the women, he made comments to them, the charging document said. “Believe me, if I miss, I have plenty of bullets,” he told the women, according to the charging document.

Investigating deputies found seven spent shell casings in the bedroom and seven bullet holes in the walls and furnishings, the charging document said. Mandy Wainwright told investigators she felt one bullet pass by her ear, the document said.

Jamie Wainwright fled the scene and was apprehended at a Denny’s restaurant in Westminster, Md., the charging document said. Maryland State Police in Carroll County told investigators that a handgun and several magazines of ammunition were visible inside Wainwright’s car, the document said.

A member of the Washington County Special Response Team had been in contact with Wainwright by telephone, trying to convince him to turn himself in, the charging document said.

Assistant Public Defender Catherine Pugh asked Wright to set a bail for Wainwright, saying that he is accused of firing at the women from the end of the bed, yet neither was injured.

“His intent was not to kill,” Pugh said. There could be “significant mental health issues at play here,” she said.

Mandy Wainwright told investigators she and her husband were separated, but that he sometimes stayed at the house and had been watching their children while she was at work earlier Thursday, the charging document said. He left the house after she returned from work, but returned again that night, the document said.

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