Wife shoots husband in a domestic dispute

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 10, 1999

An Adams County man was gunned down Thursday night, and police say his wife pulled the trigger.

Sheriff deputies were called to a domestic dispute at 29 Davis Court at about 10:26 p.m., but before they arrived dispatchers received a second call that someone had been shot.

&uot;When they arrived they were confronted by a female the daughter of the deceased,&uot; said Adams County Sheriff Tommy Ferrell. &uot;She was holding a gun and a phone.&uot;

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Inside deputies found 34-year-old Randy Woods dead on the floor of the kitchen, Ferrell said.

&uot;They found the wife of the deceased,&uot; Ferrell said. &uot;(And) she initially told officers that she’d shot her husband. She was pretty upset.&uot;

Katie Mae Woods, 36, was immediately arrested and charged with the murder of her husband.

Investigators say the couple had not been at the house long before the argument began, and Ferrell wouldn’t comment on the nature of the dispute.

&uot;I think it was a verbal confrontation,&uot; he said. &uot;There were no signs she was injured.&uot;

Deputies found a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson pistol at the scene. All five shells in the pistol had been fired, Ferrell said.

The gun was reported stolen in 1983 and deputies believe the gun belonged to Randy Woods.

Although the autopsy results were not complete Friday, Ferrell said he believed Randy Woods was shot at least three times once in the back, once in the lower body and once in each leg.

&uot;However it appears (all five bullets) may have gone through his body,&uot; Ferrell said.

The couple’s two children, a 15-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy, were at the residence along with an 8-year-old nephew. The daughter was shot in the calf by a stray bullet, Ferrell said. She was treated and released from Natchez Regional Medical Center.

Ferrell said the children witnessed the &uot;family altercation&uot; but wasn’t certain who may have seen the actual shooting.

&uot;We don’t normally question witnesses that young right off the bat,&uot; he said.

The couple’s two children have been released into the custody of a relative Ferrell said.

Katie Mae Woods has been released from the Adams County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Justice Court Judge Charlie Vess said the bond may seem low, but it was appropriate since she had no criminal record and wasn’t a flight risk. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 23 in Adams County Justice Court.

The murder was the first in Adams County in nearly a year.

&uot;This is what we call a heat of passion crime,&uot; Ferrell said. &uot;It’s almost impossible to prevent or predict. I’m sure she didn’t realize she even shot her husband.&uot;