VANCOUVER, Wash. – A southwest Washington woman who shot her husband four times with a shotgun has been convicted of attempted murder and first-degree assault.
Relatives of 54-year-old Sheryl J. Martin wept as she was placed in handcuffs Monday and led to jail after Clark County Superior Court jurors delivered their verdict.
Both sides agreed the Ridgefield woman shot Eddie Martin four times on Sept. 8, 2007, after finding out he'd been having an affair. Her defense lawyer argued that mental illness, combined with the stress of learning about the affair, prevented her from forming intent.
Her husband was shot in the leg and shoulder with a 16-gauge double-barreled shotgun. He testified his wife took a break to reload and also shouted, "If I can't have you, nobody can."
Sentencing was set for Nov. 18.