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Police say man shot ex-wife with bow after fight

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

An argument over a chilly hotel room led to a woman going to the hospital to be treated for a wound she suffered after being shot with a bow and arrow, police said.

Merriel E. Housman Jr., 56, of Jackson faces charges of felony domestic assault and armed criminal action against his ex-wife, Betty.

According to a probable-cause statement by Cape Girardeau County Detective Travis Sikes, the argument between the Housmans began on their car ride home from Alton, Ill., where they had attended a reunion Monday. Betty Housman had thought it was too cold in the hotel room she'd stayed at, and they argued until Merriel Housman threatened to shoot his ex-wife with his bow and arrow.

The argument continued when they arrived at the Jackson address. Betty Housman told police her ex-husband tried to choke her at one point.

She grabbed the phone in an attempt to call 911, but he hit her in the face with it and slammed her into the bed, the statement said.

She ran to get her gun, a Browning .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun, and went to the door, but her son tried to take it from her. During their struggle, the gun went off twice, the statement said.

Merriel Housman Jr. then came into the kitchen and shot her in the back of the shoulder with the bow and arrow, the statement said.

He tried to mop up the blood before police responded to the 911 call, but when officers arrived they discovered Betty Housman lying on the floor in a pool of blood and Merriel Housman Jr. with a smile on his face, the statement said.

Police were able to piece together the story through interviews with Betty Housman at the hospital and with her son at the scene.

Merriel Housman Jr. is at Cape Girardeau County Jail on $10,000 cash-only bond.


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I think that the main component to this story is that it was his EX wife, and I would definately say for good reason!! He sounds completley CRAZY!!!

-- Posted by mom4 on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 9:09 AM

I think the operative word here was X husband

and this would be a reason for NOT going anywhere with an X- Jeez - get a clue lady

-- Posted by Sundog on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 10:20 AM

A smile on his face? No, that's not sadistic at ALL.

A lot of exes still keep in contact very well with each other. This situation though seems a bit different. Even so, shot with a bow and arrow? That's just nuts.

-- Posted by katj85 on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 12:00 PM

His punishment should be for her to be allowed to shoot HIM with the bow...anywhere she wants!!!

-- Posted by ol'homeboy on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 12:12 PM

Are you kidding me!?!SELF DEFENSE!?! He shoots her in the back and there is not an attempted murder charge! I don't care if they were ex's that does not give any one the right to attack another with lethal intent. I know plenty of couples who are ex's that have some sort of contact with each other....especially when there are children involved. Domestic violence should not be a shield or cover for attempted murder!!!

-- Posted by rubbergirl on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 1:45 PM

Sounds like a scene out of Deliverance. The guy is barbaric. He has treated this woman like an animal. It didn't seem to bother him that his son was present. What a macho idiot. I hope the boy gets professional help. The father needs to be trapped in his own cage with other cavemen for life.

-- Posted by trixie3 on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 2:20 PM

I happen to know both of these people, and yes HE has always been that way. Why she chose to live with him again let alone go anywhere with him is beyond me. I hope he rots in jail.

-- Posted by peanut1 on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 11:29 PM

I would like everyone to know that I am the daughter of these two people and this is a very touchy subject with me.

-- Posted by LISA housman on Sat, Sep 6, 2008, at 11:22 AM

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