Criminal complaint filed against Wellton woman who allegedly shot husband
A criminal complaint was filed Friday against the Wellton woman who allegedly shot her husband earlier this week during a heated argument.
Gail Helen Eldridge, 58, was arraigned in Wellton Justice Court before Justice of the Peace M. Russ Jones, who informed her during a brief court hearing that the Yuma County Attorney's Office was charging her with attempted first-degree murder per domestic violence and two felony counts of aggravated assault per domestic violence.
In addition to setting her bond at $1 million, Jones scheduled Eldridge's next court date — a preliminary hearing — for 4 p.m. March 4.
On Tuesday at about 6:15 p.m., Wellton officers responded to 28585 E. County 11th St., Space 115, and found 49-year-old Scott Eldridge shot once in the chest with a .38-caliber revolver. Also at the residence was Gail Eldridge, his wife, who was uninjured.
Wellton police believe that the information they have gathered so far strongly indicates the shooting was domestic-violence related.
Scott Eldridge was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center by Tri-Valley Ambulance and immediately taken into surgery. He is in stable condition and expected to survive.
Also responding to Tuesday night's call were the Wellton Fire Department, Tri-Valley Ambulance and the Yuma County Sheriff's Office.
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