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Missouri woman charged with killing her husband after claiming he was a trespasser


A Missouri woman has been charged with killing her husband after claiming an intruder broke into their home and shot him dead in his bed.

Melanie Biggins, 40, of Kansas City, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and felony felony action with a weapon, the Jackson district attorney’s office said in a news release Friday.

Kansas City police say they responded to a reported shooting at the couple’s home in the 1700 block of Gillespie around 1 a.m. Aug. 31 and found Biggins performing CPR on her husband, Etienne L. McEwan, who was in his bed lying in a pool of blood.

He was later pronounced dead.

Melanie Biggins has been charged with killing her husband after claiming an intruder broke into their home and shot him dead in bed.

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According to the charging documents, Biggins told police she was sleeping in bed with McEwan when she heard a loud gunshot, KMBC reported. Police say Biggins claimed she immediately sat up, smelled blood and crawled over her husband to light the lamp.

Biggins told officers she cheated on her husband, saw a gunshot wound under his chin and called 911. Dispatchers advised her to perform CPR, which she did until the finish authorities.

That statement conflicted with two witnesses, who said they saw Biggins downstairs on the couch, looking like “having seen a ghost” after the shooting, KMBC reported.

Biggins told police that while she and McEwan had been married for nine years, she had been having an affair for a year and a half. She reportedly said she wanted to divorce McEwan but was unable to do so due to financial difficulties.

Biggins also reportedly told police she only had one gun at home, her husband’s shotgun, but later admitted she had bought a handgun from a pawnshop in July. This weapon was found under a bed in another room.

Prosecutors have requested $250,000 cash bond for his release.

Need help? In the United States, call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for National Domestic Violence Helpline.



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