SMYRNA, Del.- Delaware State Police say detectives have arrested a Smyrna woman for murder after she shot and killed her husband.
The incident reportedly happened shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday, after a 9-1-1 call was placed from a home located on Sugar Maple Lane in the Willowwood Development. Investigators said the initial phone call was an immediate disconnect from the caller. However, police said a dispatcher from the Kent County Emergency Operations Center reconnected and made contact with 57-year-old Amanda G. King, of Smyrna, who stated she had shot her husband.
Troopers, and officers from the Smyrna and Clayton police departments, responded to the home where they took King into custody without incident. Police said detectives were able to recover a Glock .45 caliber semi-auto handgun from inside the kitchen.
Police said the suspect's husband, James E. King, 68, was located just inside the home near a staircase with a single gunshot wound to the upper torso. He was transported to Kent General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. An autopsy was conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which ruled the cause and manner of death to be homicide by a single gunshot.
Amanda King was transported to Troop 3 where she was charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. She was later transported to Kent General Hospital for unrelated health issues and turned over to Delaware Department of Corrections where she was ordered held without bail.
A motive in this case has not been established and the investigation is ongoing, police said.