Woman faces lesser charge
Prosecutors reduced criminal charges Friday against a woman who shot her boyfriend after he told investigators the shooting was an accident.
Judge Julie A. McManus dropped one charge of assault with a firearm against Teresa Dodge, arrested by sheriff’s deputies early Wednesday morning after she shot her boyfriend, Mark Anguish, in the leg with a rifle.
“It’s early in the investigation so we don’t know everything yet, but (the victim) maintains this was an accident,” said Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Francis outside a courtroom Friday in Nevada County Superior Court.
Dodge is now charged with negligent discharge of a firearm with a special circumstance of inflicting great bodily injury. She pleaded innocent to the charge Friday.
“There’s nothing that suggests (Dodge) was coming after the victim,” Francis said.
In the interest of public safety, Assistant District Attorney Ron Wolfson filed the original charges before Anguish was able to make an official statement, as he was undergoing surgery at Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
The bullet went through the front of Anguish’s upper thigh and exited through the back of his leg, breaking his femur.
Hospital spokeswoman Robin Montgomery said Anguish is in fair condition, recovering from the wound.
Nevada County Sheriff Lt. Ron Smith said Anguish told investigators he and Dodge had been arguing that night, and he was planning to leave her.
“He was loading up his car with all of his things and decided to return to the house to apologize,” Smith said. Anguish said he walked through a back door to a dark bedroom -a door he doesn’t usually use – and that’s when Dodge shot him, presumably thinking Anguish was someone else.
Anguish told investigators he surmised his girlfriend’s nerves had been effected by the argument and recent problems she had been having with vandalism at the house.
Smith said Anguish told investigators he wants to reconcile with Dodge.
Smith speculated Friday that Dodge was scared of Anguish because of his criminal record – which includes a robbery conviction – and she knew who she was shooting at.
Officials said Dodge was uncooperative with officers at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility as they tried to book her, and that she has refused to give a statement about what happened that night.
A third roommate who was in the house during the shooting, Elisabeth Nisbet, remains jailed for falsely identifying herself to officers and an unrelated warrant.
Nisbet reportedly told police that Dodge and Anguish had been fighting prior to the shooting, and she called 911 to report the incident.
Since her arrest Wednesday morning, Dodge was being held without bail.
McManus set bail Friday at $45,000 and ordered Dodge to stay away from Anguish until the next hearing in the case, scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday.
To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4236.
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