Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Ohio Man on Trial for Shooting at Wife
Blake and Misty Seylhouwer
Local news reports
The trial of a Madeira man accused of shooting a gun in the direction of his wife, sending chunks of concrete her way, injuring her, is underway.
Blake Seylhouwer is accused of firing a shot at his wife outside their Madeira home back in August.
The shot hit the pavement about 10 feet from her. She was struck by chunks of concrete and the bullet, sending her to the hospital.
Opening statements were heard Tuesday morning, and both sides agree that Blake Seylhouwer’s marriage to his wife Misty was falling apart in August of 2014.
During opening statements, Seylhouwer's attorney said it was an accidental shooting and said everything else in the case is irrelevant.
But prosecutor Jeff Heile called Seylhouwer a manipulative man who was threatening suicide as a means of controlling his wife after cheating on her.
Officials said Seylhouwer was ordered to not have any contact with his estranged wife, but investigators said he violated that protection order when he sent her text messages and canceled her credit cards.
She had thrown him out of the house. He came back and picked up his hunting rifle, and that's when she wound up hurt.
Heile said Misty Seylhouwer heard her husband cock the rifle right before it went off. That could be the key bit of information in this case.
Seylhouwer is charged with two counts of felonious assault and a charge of domestic violence.