Police Say Alabama Man Accidentally Shot his Wife

By: AP
By: AP

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- A Vance man is facing a manslaughter
charge after his wife was killed in what police describe as
careless gun play.

Authorities say 25-year-old Matthew Wightman has been charged
with reckless manslaughter following the Sunday shooting death of
25-year-old Allison Wightman.

Capt. Loyd Baker, commander of the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide
Unit, tells The Tuscaloosa News that it doesn't appear Wightman intentionally killed his wife.

Baker said Matthew Wightman was preparing for the upcoming deer season and had taken a rifle from his closet. Baker said he aimed the weapon at his wife, who was lying on the bed, and did not
realize it was loaded until it fired.

Wightman was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Metro Jail.

Records from the jail did not indicate whether he has an attorney.

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  • by Phyllis Greene Location: Indiana on Nov 20, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    I hope this is truly an accident. Who points a weapon at someone and pulls the trigger. A clear lesson in people should have mandatory NRA and licensing.
  • by Ralph 's wife Location: Florida on Nov 14, 2011 at 03:58 PM
    Stupid, stupid, stupid, Never point a gun at anything that you are not going to kill. We have said this over and over every year. And every year there's always a incident like this. Why ?
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