WAYNESBURG — A Lincoln County woman has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting her husband in the head while he slept.
Tamara Richie, 50, of Waynesburg, was arrested Thursday morning by Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger and charged with first-degree murder.
Richie is accused of shooting her husband, David Richie, in the head with a semiautomatic handgun while he slept.
Folger said the shooting allegedly occurred Monday. A family member called the sheriff Thursday morning to report that Tamara Richie had shot her husband and the body was at their home.
Folger and a deputy responded to 792 New Lane, where they found David Richie’s body.
“He had been shot in the head while in his bed,” he said. “I believe he was asleep.”
Lincoln County Coroner Farris Marcum said he pronounced David Richie dead at the scene at about 8:45 a.m.
The sheriff and deputy then located Tamara Richie at a family member’s house and arrested her without incident.
“The investigation is still going on, but she (Tamara Richie) refused to answer any questions at this time,” Folger said.
David Richie’s body was taken to Frankfort for an autopsy, which will be conducted today, Marcum said.
“The autopsy’s not going to change anything as far as cause of death, it’s just going to confirm what we already know,” he said.
Marcum said Folger will be observing the autopsy and then taking the bullet, along with the gun allegedly used to kill David Richie, to state police for ballistics testing.
Results from those tests could take about two weeks and will tell authorities whether or not the bullet was fired from the gun recovered by investigators.
Tamara Richie is the sister-in-law of former Lincoln County Judge-Executive Buckwheat Gilbert.
Property Valuation Administrator and local historian David Gambrel said the Richies had been married since Feb. 9, 1985. He described them as a “handsome couple” from “two well-respected families.”
“It’s kind of unbelievable,” Gambrel said.
Marcum said David Richie had been an employee of R.R. Donnelley in Danville for many years. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Spurlin Funeral Home in Stanford.
“We don’t know a cause, why she would have done this,” Marcum said. “It’s just a tragedy, a real nice family on both sides. It’s real hard to deal with.”
Tamara Richie was being held in the Lincoln County Regional Jail without bond this morning.