Sandra Louise Garner, 55, was arrested Wednesday night on murder charges more than a week after her husband was shot to death at their Maypearl home, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Cops say the man was shot with a.38-calibre bullet, and another bullet was found in a pillowcase close to his body.
Norton said Garner called 911 that night, claiming she "was awakened by two gunshots and saw a masked male holding a gun and flashlight inside of her residence".
She also told authorities that the masked intruder told her he was not there to harm her, but that if he heard police sirens, he would return to the house and kill her. After being forced to open a safe and give the killer around $18,000, she was told to go to the bathroom and count to 100, for if she did not, she would be killed, too. We have evidence to believe that is not the case. Inside a vehicle parked investigators found a.38 caliber handgun inside two plastic bags and wrapped in a paper towel. The gun reportedly wasn't there when authorities searched the same vehicle on January 2 and police believe Garner moved it after the first search.
The find of the firearm was incriminating because the gun did not seem to be in the vehicle during an earlier search by police after the shooting of Garner's husband was first reported.
Ellis County Sheriff's Office
The weapon was wrapped in a paper towel and two plastic bags, according to the Dallas Morning News. However, as early as January 4, the Maypearl Police Department pushed back on Sandra Garner's story, writing on Facebook, "We have reason to believe that the shooting was NOT a "stranger on stranger" home invasion".
The gun was sent for analysis and confirmed to match with the bullets that killed Jon Norton.
The Ellis County Sheriff's Office said that Garner was charged with murder and remains in jail on a $2 million bond.
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