Bootheel Woman Arrested in Husband's Shooting Death

February 16, 2004 - Posted at 7:19 a.m. CDT

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO - A woman from Missouri's Bootheel is accused in the shooting death of her husband.

Stephanie Abbott of Bragg City is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Authorities allege Abbott killed her husband, Gregory, on February 7 in the bedroom of their home.

Investigators say Abbott's wife first told them she shot her husband accidentally with a .20 guage shotgun.  But Pemiscot County prosecutors filed the murder charge after additional investigation.

Details about any possible motive have not been released.

Abbott's preliminary hearing is set for March 3.

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