Felony charge for wife who allegedly shot at husband over housework

MARYSVILLE — A Marysville woman who was arrested last month after she allegedly shot at her husband over housework is now charged with felony assault.

Prosecutors allege that Starlene Roth, 54, intentionally tried to harm her husband when she pointed a 9mm Smith &Wesson at him during a dispute. Roth is charged with second-degree domestic violence assault. The charge is a strike offense under the state’s persistent offender law.

Roth was being held on $250,000 bail. She pleaded not guilty to the charge earlier this week.

Roth’s husband called 911 on May 9, reporting that his wife of 31 years had shot at him. The man was not injured and had fled their house.

He told police he had been hospitalized for a few days and had just returned home to recuperate when the dispute broke out. Roth allegedly was upset with him because “he hadn’t been able to do anything around the house,” Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Julie Walters wrote.

The man said Roth yelled at him, broke a vase in the backyard and pushed over their barbecue. He reported that she also broke the TV remote control.

The man said he was sitting in the living room when Roth came out of the bedroom with her handgun. She was yelling at him to get out of the house. He stood up and she fired the gun, court papers said. The bullet lodged in the front doorjamb.

Roth allegedly admitted that she “blew up” at her husband and pointed the gun at his chest. She said she pulled the trigger but missed.

Roth had a warrant for her arrest for a drunken driving conviction out of Chelan County, Walters wrote. She doesn’t have any other criminal history.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463, hefley@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @dianahefley

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