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Victim's Wife Charged in Cloquet Shooting

Posted at: 01/08/2013 9:29 PM
Updated at: 01/08/2013 10:15 PM
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

New details were released about the shooting in Cloquet on Sunday. Prosecutors charged the victim's wife with premeditated attempted murder on Tuesday.

The criminal complaint filed by the Carlton County Attorney's Office gives new information about how the shooting unfolded.

Court records show that Marie Majerle filed for divorce in October and the couple had been living separately.

In the criminal complaint her husband, Richard Majerle, said his wife knocked on his door at 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

In the complaint he said the two had a discussion and went to bed, but a few hours later Marie Majerle suggested the couple use a sauna in the home.

In his statement Richard Majerle said his wife left briefly to retrieve some medication, but she returned to the sauna and raised a .22 caliber rifle. He said he flinched and she shot him once in the chest, according to the complaint.

Cloquet Police responded to a 911 call from his cell phone just before 6 a.m.

Marie Majerle first told police she thought she was pulling a prank with a pellet gun, according to the complaint. But Cloquet Police later found a new box of .22 caliber ammunition in her vehicle and matched it to the bulets used in the shooting.

Police found a serial number freshly scratched off the outside of the rifle, but one concealed inside was still intact. Police are still looking for the owner of the gun.

Marie Majerle faces a felony for allegedly removing that number from the gun.

As of Tuesday evening she was still in custody at the Carlton County Jail awaiting a court appearance next week. Bail was set at $180,000.

Police obtained text messages the couple sent just hours before the shooting. They were discussing their two children. The complaint states those messages show that Marie Marjerle was upset with her husband.

The children were not in the home at the time of the shooting. As of Monday the victim was in serious condition at a hospital in Duluth.