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    Husband shot wife during intruder game

    Omaha.com Metro/Region Section

    Published Saturday February 7, 2009
    Court records: Husband shot wife during intruder game
    BY LESLIE REED
    WORLD-HERALD BUREAU

    LINCOLN — On Thursday, Joshua Beasley dressed in black to attend the funeral of his wife, Alaina. One day later, the 21-year-old wore jailhouse blues as he stood before a Lancaster County judge to face a felony manslaughter charge in her death.

    A police affidavit filed Friday revealed new details about the shooting death of Alaina Beasley, 20, on Jan. 31.

    According to the affidavit, Beasley told a police investigator that he had been pretending to clear his home of intruders when he fired the shot that killed his wife of three months.

    He said that was something he and his wife had practiced in the past.

    Beasley turned himself in to police Friday and was jailed briefly before County Judge James Foster released him without bail Friday afternoon. With his parents and other family and friends watching from the back of the small courtroom, Beasley answered clearly and firmly "I do" when asked if he understood the charge against him. He looked solemn and tense, his shoulders slightly hunched, as if he were holding himself together.

    Afterwards, his parents and other supporters declined to discuss the case, although family and friends have questioned the need to prosecute Beasley, saying that the young man should be forgiven because he already is suffering for his actions.

    A veteran prosecutor said criminal charges almost always are justified in even a so-called "accidental" shooting death.

    Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov, who heads the Nebraska County Attorney's Association, said that negligence that results in someone's death calls for a manslaughter prosecution.

    "Forgiveness isn't the job of the prosecutor," he said. "It's to hold people accountable for their actions. If you're negligent and harm someone, you have to be held accountable."

    According to an affidavit written by Lincoln Police Sgt. Greg Sorensen, Beasley told police that on the day of the shooting he had been working on his 12-gauge shotgun in his living room. He said that he'd been having trouble with the way it ejected shells while using it earlier in the day, according to the affidavit. Family members have said that the couple had been skeet shooting at targets that day.

    After he finished working on the gun, he loaded it with three rounds, one in the chamber and two in the magazine.

    After putting some things away in his bedroom, he said that he picked up the gun and began to pretend to clear the home of intruders, something he and his wife had practiced in the past.

    He rounded the corner into the kitchen, where his wife was standing near the sink. She pointed her hand at him, pretending to have a gun. According to the affidavit, Beasley said he raised the shotgun to his shoulder and fired one round. He said that he had forgotten the gun was loaded.

    He said that he threw the gun down, went to assist his wife and called 911.

    An autopsy showed Alaina Beasley died of internal injuries caused by a gunshot wound to her upper right chest.

    In an interview with The World-Herald, Beasley had said he accidentally shot his wife while cleaning his shotgun.

    Joshua Beasley's brother, Dan Beasley, said Friday that the Beasley family couldn't comment on the case.

    "He has an attorney, and we were told we basically can't say anything," Dan Beasley said.

    Alaina Beasley's father, Ron Moore, said that he and his wife, Beth, did not want to further discuss the case.

    Polikov said that he thinks most Nebraska prosecutors believe that charges should be filed in nearly all shooting deaths.

    A World-Herald review of a dozen unintentional shooting deaths covered by the newspaper since 1985 show that all but five resulted in criminal charges.

    One case that did not result in criminal charges involved a 16-year-old boy who shot his 13-year-old cousin; another involved a state trooper killed in a training exercise in 1999. The three remaining cases involved poor gun handling — when a gun went off during a drinking party; when one accidentally fired while someone tried to unload it; and when a man got shot trying to grab a gun.

    Polikov said that on occasion there may be extenuating circumstances in which he might not file criminal charges— a hunting accident, perhaps, or an instance where a child playing with a gun kills a family member.

    Nonetheless, in most cases, the death results from acts that carry foreseeable danger, he said.

    "People that own guns should not be negligent in how they are handled," he said.

    Polikov said that it's unlikely that someone with a good record would be sent to prison for accidentally shooting someone to death.

    "Truly, prosecution is not the worst thing the people involved in these incidents have to face," he said. "There's the public shame, the remorse and their own consciences. When you measure that against my job, I'm not the bad guy. It (prosecution) is survivable."
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    Wow. Practicing clearing your house with a loaded weapon...stupid. Always clear before drilling, dryfiring, etc with your weapon. Pointing it at his wife...more stupid. Never point your weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot. Pulling the trigger...what was he thinking?

    This shows exactly why we have the safety rules. It seems that a very large percentage of NDs/ADs happen because someone assumed the gun was unloaded and did not attempt to clear it first.

    Sad story :(
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    No winners in this one.

    If it was an accident, he just served himself a life-sentence of regret.

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    Sad part is when it first happened, he told a different story, he was cleaning his gun when it went off and hit his wife, then the real story came out.

    No kids, married 6 weeks, one story in a news paper he was quoted as saying the wife's last words were "I love you"

    If I had done this to my wife, chances are good that I would be visiting her.

    Very sad story.


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    Quote Originally Posted by C9H13NO3 View Post
    Wow. Practicing clearing your house with a loaded weapon...stupid. Always clear before drilling, dryfiring, etc with your weapon. Pointing it at his wife...more stupid. Never point your weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot. Pulling the trigger...what was he thinking?

    This shows exactly why we have the safety rules. It seems that a very large percentage of NDs/ADs happen because someone assumed the gun was unloaded and did not attempt to clear it first.

    Sad story :(
    +1 I totally agree. What a waste
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    what an idiot...rule #1..MAKE SURE THE WEAPON IS UNLOADED WHEN HANDLING. NEVER point it at anything you don't intend to destroy...
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    DON'T PUT YOUR FINGER ON THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT. DON'T POINT THE GUN AT ANYTHING YOU DON'T WANT TO DESTROY!
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    My first thought would be that he faked the accident, but only married 3 months it doesnt seem the case. IMO, he was stupid, but doesnt deserve criminal charges. I think he already has gotten the biggest punishment he could.

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    Side note: He had attended a hunters safety course in the prior week.


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    If thats indeed what happend I can't imagine the guilt he is feeling. I believe that alone would be enough of a sentence to serve for the rest of your life. I just can't figure out why he actually pointed the gun at his wife and PULLED THE TRIGGER.Not smart by any standard.

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    His actions killed his wife nuff said,
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    Unreal, an amazingly sad story. This man made so many gun-handling mistakes they are hard to count.
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    Sad but he violated the "Rules of Stupid" and his stupidity got his wife killed.
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    This guy may be going through turmoil right now but it is directly the result of him being a complete moron and practicing clearing the house with a loaded shotgun! Good God, they should be able to prosecute this guy for stupidity.
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    I can't quite imagine pointing a real firearm at someone I love and pulling the trigger, no matter how often I've checked the chamber. Just not happening. Use an airsoft gun for this sort of thing.

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