NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- A man suspected of shooting his wife in the chest in North Fort Myers last night faced a judge for the first time this morning.
James Marquess' bond is set at $500,000. He's due back in court on January 28th.
Authorities say he shot his wife, Mary, inside their home in the Palm Island community. There has been no word on her condition, but when deputies found her on Wednesday evening, they say she was conscious, breathing and coherent.
According to the arrest report, Marquess called 911 himself, telling dispatchers he had just shot his wife. He allegedly told them the shooting was not accidental and the he was "sick of his wife's [expletive]."
Upon arrival, deputies say Marquess began making utterances about having just shot his wife. He then became argumentative and disobeyed the officers' commands. Marquess allegedly ignored them and attempted to re-enter the house. That's when deputies say they tazed him to prevent a hostage situation.
When the officers found Mary, they say she made the comment, "He shot me. I can't believe he shot me." She was then taken to Lee Memorial Trauma Center for care.
Marquess was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.