Murder suspect claims his wife shot herself

Murder suspect claims his wife shot herself

A retired U.S. Marine alleges in a probable cause affidavit he did not shoot and kill his wife, saying she was the one who pulled the trigger.

Bourne Huddleston, 43-year-old retired gunnery sergeant, says he was in the bedroom at their 6645 Pioneer Road home in the early morning hours of March 23 when Kristy Huddleston, 34, shot herself in the head in front of him.

"Suspect admits to rendering no first aid, washing her hands as well as his own, leaving the residence without calling 9-1-1, leaving his 10-year-old son in the residence, taking the weapon from the scene, disassembling the gun and throwing part of it out the window of his truck near White City, and placing part of it in bushes at an address in Eagle Point," a brief probable cause summary on the affidavit reads.

Huddleston was arrested at the Eagle Point residence after authorities responded to the 9-1-1 call. He is suspected of aggravated murder, unlawful possession of a silencer and solicitation to murder and is held without bail in the Jackson County Jail.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Jackson County Fire District No. 5 first responded to the residence at 2:10 a.m. for a 9-1-1 call that reported a person bleeding. They found Kristy Huddleston dead in the residence.

An autopsy revealed she had died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

The Jackson County District Attorney's Office will present the case to a grand jury Thursday morning, prosecuting attorney David Hoppe said. He declined to comment on any statements made in the probable cause affidavit.

—Ryan Pfeil

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