Laurel woman pleads guilty to shooting at her husband

April 06, 1994

A 32-year-old Laurel woman pleaded guilty yesterday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court to shooting at her husband after an argument at a neighbor's house in December.

Marilyn K. Martin of the 800 block of Eighth St. pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment before Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr.

An argument between Mrs. Martin and her husband, Joe E. Martin, 30, began at a neighbor's house on Dec. 4 and escalated when they got home. Mrs. Martin grabbed her husband's .30-06 Winchester rifle and began chasing him around the outside their house.

She fired one shot that missed him. A second shot hit the ground in front of him with such force that dirt stung his leg and Mr. Martin mistakenly thought he was hit, according to the statement of charges.

He fell to the ground and Mrs. Martin approached, reloading the rifle. Mr. Martin was able to grab the weapon before she fired again, according to the statement filed by Officer Robert Reyes Jr.

Mrs. Martin told police she shot at her husband "because of prior abusive behavior," Officer Reyes wrote.

Assistant State's Attorney William Mulford said that Mr. Martin was never hit by any shots and was not seriously injured.

Mrs. Martin was ordered to remain under house arrest until she is sentenced by Judge Thieme May 18.

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