A New Jersey lady charged with killing her disabled husband by taking pictures him within the head has formally been indicted for homicide.
Michele Linzalone, 73, was charged in December within the dying of her husband Rocky Linzalone, 74. In response to authorities, Linzalone mentioned that she “by chance” shot her husband within the head on Dec. 13 as he slept.
A New Jersey grand jury apparently wasn’t satisfied by that story.
In response to the indictment, the members of the grand jury “current that Michele Linzalone, on or about December 13, 2021, in or in regards to the Township of Middletown … did commit the crime of Homicide, by purposely or knowingly inflicting the dying of R.L., or by purposely or knowingly inflicting critical bodily harm ensuing within the dying of R.L.”
The indictment additionally alleges that Linzalone possessed the firearm for an illegal function.
On the time of her arrest, Linzalone mentioned she was taking part in along with her gun and didn’t understand it was loaded, the Asbury Park Press reported.
By “taking part in,” Linzalone reportedly meant that she was aiming the gun at her husband whereas he was in mattress sleeping. She instructed police that she believed the gun was unloaded when she pulled the set off, the Asbury Park Press reported.
Linzalone allegedly instructed police that she stored the loaded gun within the drawer subsequent to her mattress for defense.
As Legislation&Crime beforehand reported, Linzalone had allegedly performed a number of web searches that gave the impression to be associated to how Rocky had finally died.
Linzalone allegedly carried out a type of searches—”For those who shoot somebody within the head, will they die immediately?”—on her cellphone simply 22 minutes earlier than she known as 911 to report the taking pictures.
Weeks earlier, Linzalone had carried out web searches about ammunition, together with hollow-point bullets, NJ.com reported in December.
“Are hollow-point bullets extra highly effective?” Linzalone allegedly requested in that web search.
She additionally visited an internet site with the title “Do you die immediately from a gunshot to the top? Do you are feeling any ache in any respect?” NJ.com reported, citing police paperwork.
Linzalone allegedly instructed police that she waited 20 to half-hour after taking pictures her husband to name 911 “as a result of she was in shock and she or he wished to dress and brush her tooth,” the NJ.com story mentioned.
Rocky Linzalone had suffered a number of strokes previously two years that left him disabled, requiring Michele to be his major caregiver, in line with the affidavit. Investigators spoke with relations who mentioned that it “appeared to take a toll on (Michele) and she or he grew to become resentful for this in the direction of the sufferer,” the affidavit reportedly states.
Linzalone’s lawyer, Edward C. Bertucio, instructed the Asbury Park Press that his shopper is harmless.
“The unlucky dying of her husband of many years was an accident, not an intentional crime,” Bertucio mentioned, including that the Linzalones are multimillionaires and that Michele hadn’t transferred any of the cash of their accounts after Rocky’s dying.
“There isn’t any proof in anyway that she was attempting to revenue considerably from the very sizable marital fortune, and she or he seems to be ahead to her day in courtroom to exonerate herself,” Bertucio mentioned, in line with the story.
Monmouth County Sheriff’s information present that Linzalone is presently being held with out bail within the Monmouth County Jail on costs of homicide and possession of a weapon for an illegal function.
Learn the indictment, beneath.
[Image via screengrab/Asbury Park Press.]
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