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82-Year-Old La Mesa Man Accused of Shooting Wife Will Stand Trial

The man was allegedly angry that his wife of 54 years had him served with divorce papers. The trial is set for Sept. 30.

The scene following a June 2013 domestic dispute in which a man allegedly shot his wife. Photo credit: 10News.com
The scene following a June 2013 domestic dispute in which a man allegedly shot his wife. Photo credit: 10News.com

An 82-year-old La Mesa man accused of shooting and wounding his wife of 54 years after she served him with divorce papers must stand trial on attempted murder and assault charges, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Clyde Jay Hayen, who is in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail, allegedly opened fire inside the couple's home in the 7300 block of Princeton Avenue about 11:15 p.m. on June 20.

Paramedics took the 73-year-old victim to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to her abdomen and one of her hands, La Mesa police Lt. Matt Nicholass said.

El Cajon Judge Evan Kirvin, who presided over the defendant's preliminary hearing, ruled that enough evidence was presented for Hayen to stand trial Sept. 30. A readiness conference was set for Sept. 10.

The defendant faces 24 years in prison if convicted, according to Deputy District Attorney Amy Bamberg Colby.

– City News Service
Kevin George August 14, 2013 at 12:57 PM
"Honey, I missed you". Too soon? Sorry, couldn't help myself.

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