Case of Wellton woman who allegedly shot husband being transferred to different judge
The public defender representing the Wellton woman who allegedly shot her husband during a heated argument told the judge during a hearing in Yuma County Superior Court on Wednesday morning that the prosecution does not intend to offer his client a plea agreement.
Attorney Zachary Dumyahn of the Yuma County Public Defender's Office, who is representing 58-year-old Gail Helen Eldridge, said given the circumstances and complexity of the case he believed that it should be sent to a discovery master to manage who would resolves issues as the cases progresses.
“There are some minor issues with the state's discovery so far, so I believe sending the case to a discovery master to manage is appropriate,” Dumyahn said.
Dumyahn also said that he is still in the process of investigating his client's case and trying to locate witnesses who will testify on her behalf during a trial or a suppression hearing proceeding.
However, prosecutor Mary White of the Yuma County Attorney's Office objected to the case being sent to a discovery master, saying all the proper notifications have been provided to the court and defense and that the case is a complex case.
“This case involves medical records, medical testimony; there is substantial prison exposure for this defendant if sentenced, and there will be expert witnesses,” White said.
Superior Court Judge David Haws, after listening to both Dumyahn and White, said he had decided to send the case to a discovery master and back to Presiding Superior Court Judge John Nelson, who would assign it to a complex case judge.
Eldridge has been charged with attempted first-degree murder per domestic violence and two felony counts of aggravated assault per domestic violence. She is being held in the Yuma County jail on a $1 million bond.
On Feb. 19, at about 6:15 p.m., Wellton police officers responded to 28585 E. County 11th St., Space 115, and found that 49-year-old Scott Eldridge had been shot once in the chest with a .38-caliber revolver. Also at the residence was Gail Eldridge, his wife, who was uninjured.
Scott Eldridge was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center by Tri-Valley Ambulance and immediately taken into surgery. He survived the shooting.
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