PEEPLES VALLEY, Ariz. — An Arizona woman has been accused of shooting her husband in the head then waiting three days to report it as she ran errands and drove around the state, sheriff’s officials said.
Katherine Herbert, 57, of Peeples Valley, told officials earlier this week at the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office in Prescott that she shot and killed her husband, 58-year-old James Herbert.
She and her husband began arguing after he returned home from work Saturday, and her husband was being aggressive toward her, Katherine Herbert told deputies Tuesday. So she grabbed a loaded shotgun and pointed it at her husband while telling him to stop.
Her husband then went to a bedroom to pick up a bag that contained a handgun, according to the sheriff’s office. Katherine Herbert said her husband walked back to the bedroom as he rummaged through the bag and she followed with the shotgun, stopping at the bedroom door.
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Katherine Herbert told deputies that she saw her husband, who was looking away from her, move the slide on the handgun as if he were loading a round into the chamber. When he looked up, she said she thought he raised the handgun and she fired her shotgun, striking him in the head.
He fell to the floor with a severe head wound.
She said she panicked and later decided to drive nearly 250 miles east to Snowflake, Ariz., where she stopped at about 3 a.m. Sunday to pray, sheriff’s deputies said. She then returned to her home, which is about 70 miles northwest of Phoenix, found her husband’s body as she left it, went to sleep then woke up and cleaned the house.
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On Monday, Katherine Herbert drove about 30 miles to Wickenburg, ran errands and returned home with her husband’s body still there, officials said.
Later that day over the phone, Katherine Herbert told her daughter what happened, sheriff’s officials said. She then drove about 50 miles to her daughter’s house in Prescott Valley, and her daughter took her Tuesday to the sheriff’s headquarters in Prescott.
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Deputies dispatched to the Herberts’ home found James Herbert’s body as well as the handgun, officials said.
Katherine Herbert was booked at 2 a.m. Wednesday into the Camp Verde Detention Center on one charge of first-degree murder.
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