An argument between newlyweds in Missouri turned deadly over the weekend after a man allegedly shot his new wife in the face, authorities say.
Police were called to a home in St. Charles on Sunday night where they found Crystal Hanshew, 34, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, a press release from the St. Charles Police Department. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Detectives interviewed the woman’s husband and discovered the two were engaged in an argument that turned violent during which he admitted to shooting his wife,” the press release states. “The couple had been married for approximately 8 months and there have been no prior reports of domestic violence.”
The husband, Aaron Guilliams, 31, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. A .45 caliber handgun, which investigators believe is the murder weapon, was recovered at the scene.
Guilliams allegedly told police that while the couple argued in a hallway of their home, she began "flailing her arms" and hit him in the face, according to a police probable cause statement obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It was at that point that he allegedly retrieved his gun from the couple’s bedroom before telling Hanshew that he never should have married her. He allegedly admitted to pointing the gun at Hanshew’s face following that statement, at which point she told him he wouldn't pull the trigger. Guilliams allegedly fired the gun in response.
Guilliams is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.
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