A man accused of fatally shooting his wife Tuesday night in a North Strabane home was arrested about a month earlier for assaulting and biting her, police said.
The Washington County coroner's office said Louise M. Weis-Edmonds, 49, died of a gunshot wound to the head. Her husband Scott Edmonds, 50, was arraigned this morning on charges of homicide and tampering with evidence.
North Strabane police found Ms. Weis-Edmonds inside a residence on Victoria Drive after a 911 call at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday. Once inside, officers saw Mr. Edmonds on the dining room floor holding his wife, who was bleeding severely, Detective John Wybranowski wrote in a criminal complaint.
She died at the scene.
Police found a gun registered to Mr. Edmonds in the pocket of a pool table in a different room of the house, police wrote. The caliber of the spent casing found next to his wife's body was consistent with the gun, police said.
On the night of Feb. 22, township police went to the same residence for a domestic dispute.
Mr. Edmonds showed signs of being drunk and said he'd had an argument with his wife about how often she is away from home caring for her mother, police wrote in a separate complaint.
Police in the complaint said Ms. Weis-Edmonds told them her husband had grabbed her, took her cell phone and broke it, pushed her to the ground, removed rings from her fingers and bit her arm.
A preliminary hearing on the homicide charge is scheduled for April 9.
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