Haverford man pleads guilty to assault after shooting wife

A Haverford man pled guilty to aggravated assault, a domestic violence felony, that arose from an incident when he shot his wife in the shoulder. He faced four additional charges, although those were withdrawn according to the terms of the plea agreement.

Law enforcement personnel investigated the incident when the defendant called 911 to report that he shot his spouse. Police were already on their way to the residence in response to a 911 hang-up. When a dispatcher called back, the woman claimed her husband shot her. When officers arrived on the scene, the defendant initially did not want to leave the residence. However, they convinced him to exit and took him into custody. A 9 mm handgun was found in the residence.

After the incident, the wife wanted to have the charges against her husband withdrawn. However, the district attorney intended to pursue the case. The defendant's attorney has provided a number of letters demonstrating support for him from relatives. He has received two psychiatric evaluations. However, as part of the pre-sentence investigation, the judge requested another psychological evaluation along with a substance abuse assessment.

The defendant is charged with a domestic assault incident in which he shot and injured his wife. The courts and his defense attorney are assessing the defendant's mental competency through psychiatric, psychological and substance abuse evaluations. In some cases, a person's mental state contributes to the commission of a crime. A defendant's lawyer sometimes requests outside professionals who will help with a defense strategy.

Source: The Delaware County Daily Times, "Man pleads to aggravated assault," Alex Rose, Nov. 1, 2012

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