CALVERT CITY - New details are emerging into the shooting incident that occurred on Horace Barnes Rd. Sunday night where a wife now stands accused of murdering her husband.
Police reports obtained from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office indicate deputies arrived on scene shortly after 7 p.m. to find the victim, 46 year-old Jay Seaford, lying on the floor in the living room of his residence. Forty seven year-old Rhonda Seaford was observed to be attempting to give her husband rescue breaths while a neighbor performed chest compressions. Upon arrival of EMS at the scene, Seaford was said to be unresponsive with no vital signs.
Investigation into the incident indicates Seaford called 9-1-1 following the shooting incident where she told dispatch she had shot her husband in the back, but thought the gun contained “blanks.”
Police reports indicate a revolver-type handgun was found at the scene and that Seaford had been shot once in the lower back.
During her statement to police, Seaford said she had consumed seven or eight beers the day of the incident and that her husband Jay had consumed more, however the amount was not specified.
Rhonda Seaford also stated that at some point during the day, her husband Jay had picked up the gun and fired two shots into the floor of the bedroom and was walking around the house with the gun.
She told investigators that at some point, she got it away from him and pointed the weapon in his direction, claiming he told her to fire the gun, that it only contained blanks.
Mrs. Seaford also claimed that she was not aware what blanks were, but shot the weapon. She told police that her husband told her she had shot him and to call 9-1-1. Further investigation did reveal two bullet holes in the bedroom of the home and that the couple’s juvenile child was at home during the time of the incident.
Mrs. Seaford was scheduled for arraignment on Monday where District Court Judge Jack Telle entered a plea of 'not guilty' on her behalf. Seaford is scheduled to be back in court again for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 13.