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FAYETTEVILLE -- A 61-year-old West Fork woman was arrested Saturday in connection with attempted murder after she reportedly shot her husband at their home.

Vera Lyn Wintrode was being held Monday in the Washington County jail on $250,000 bond.

According to a report from the Washington County sheriff's office, Thomas Dewayne Wintrode, 68, made a 911 call after 10 p.m. Saturday saying his wife, Vera Wintrode, shot him and he was bleeding. Vera Wintrode surrendered to deputies when they arrived and Thomas Wintrode was taken to a local hospital. The report said deputies found spent shell casings, blood and holes in the walls of the residence.

Vera Wintrode declined to make a statement but said several times that "her life was over and had completely changed in one day," according to the report.

The report said Thomas Wintrode told deputies he is trying to leave his wife and he wanted to sell their home, but she did not. Thomas Wintrode said he was in bed Monday night and Vera came into the room, kissed him and told him good night. Not long after that, he said, she returned, got on top of him and put a pillow over his face.

Thomas Wintrode said he believed his wife was trying to suffocate him and he pushed her off and started to move to the end of the bed to get into his wheelchair. He said he got to the hallway and saw his wife with a handgun.

Thomas Wintrode said she fired several shots and one hit him. He said he grabbed another handgun, threatened to use it and called 911.


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  • MsShanLPN2B
    June 3, 2019 at 5:28 p.m.


  • ardemgazer
    June 3, 2019 at 5:39 p.m.

    That's so sad. I hope she gets the help and support she needs, and she'll be better off without that jerk of a husband.

  • Skeptic1
    June 3, 2019 at 5:41 p.m.

    Hmmm...women usually only get pushed to this point after enduring domestic violence and extreme emotional abuse, hopefully she will seek out a lawyer with training in domestic violence.

  • GeneralMac
    June 3, 2019 at 5:51 p.m.

    Put me on a jury.

    I won't automatically assume every wheelchair bound husband who wants to leave his wife was abusing her.

    What account of the story did posters #2 and #3 read ?

  • MaxCady
    June 3, 2019 at 6:46 p.m.

    She's just a mean ol' woman.

  • joedog
    June 3, 2019 at 6:48 p.m.

    Not many facts. But, going by the Rule of Big guess, it’s about money. I’d say wheelchair guy is threatening to leave and take his disability check with him and to hell with gun lady. Maybe tells her that a lot. She’s thinking she’ll be homeless, broke and alone. Bad decision making ensued.

  • LRDawg
    June 3, 2019 at 7:43 p.m.

    MsShan got it right.....THUG

  • Bullgod1984
    June 3, 2019 at 8:12 p.m.

    Skeptic, so women only commit murder if they've been abused?

  • Winfield
    June 3, 2019 at 8:42 p.m.

    I wonder how long they have been married? If there was love there to start with, what could have happened among them that caused it to grow so cold and bitter?

  • MaxCady
    June 3, 2019 at 9:12 p.m.

    I think the honeymoon is over.