Orleans man accused of killing wife pleads not guilty

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An Orleans man accused by police of shooting his wife to death in their home pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder Monday.

Prosecutors say Randall Swartz shot and killed his wife, Thea Swartz, 54, on May 15.

Thea Swartz was on a 911 call to say her husband was pointing a pistol at her and had been drinking when shots were fired, police. said. She died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. Randall Swartz then shot himself, police say.

On Friday, Swartz was discharged from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he was under guard while being treated for a gunshot wound to his torso.

Swartz is being held without bail at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. 

According to the arrest warrant, family members told police that Randall Swartz had physically threatened his wife “repeatedly” in the past. Police have not been able to confirm that, and they have not indicated that the Swartzs have a documented history of domestic abuse.

Thea Swartz family and friends were seen holding hands and crying in the courtroom. They were also wearing yellow — reportedly her favorite color.

Swartz is currently being held without bail.

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