Monday, March 26, 2012

Tuscaloosa County, AL: Charges upgraded to murder for man accused of killing wife

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC)- Charges are upgraded to murder against a Tuscaloosa County husband who claims he accidentally shot and killed his wife in November. Matthew Scott Wightman was originally charged with manslaughter. His wife, 25 year-old Allison Wightman died after being shot with a hunting rifle her husband was handling at the time.

Investigators say Wightman changed his story on how the shooting happened several times. First he said the gun misfired. Later he said he was setting the sight for the upcoming hunting season. Finally, he told authorities he dry fired the weapon at his wife because he thought the gun was unloaded.

There was no evidence the couple were arguing were going through any marital strife. Wightman was re-arrested Sunday after a grand jury indicted him on murder charges. His bond is set at $100,000.

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