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Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 6:09 p.m.

Wife’s bail set at $500,000 in Everett man’s fatal shooting

EVERETT -- Prosecutors have until Wednesday evening to file felony charges against a woman suspected of shooting her husband at their home in Everett last week.
The man, Quinton R. Blatchford, 42, died Saturday at a local hospital, Everett police Sgt. Robert Goetz said. He had been on life support after suffering a single gunshot wound to the head.
His wife, Melissa S. Blatchford, 30, made a first appearance Tuesday afternoon in Everett District Court. Her hearing initially was set for Friday, but she refused to leave her cell.
Melissa Blatchford sobbed throughout the Tuesday hearing, keeping her face in her hands and resting her head on the desk. Bail was set at $500,000.
Everett police on Tuesday declined to share additional details surrounding the shooting or a possible motive.
Court records show that Melissa Blatchford reportedly told officers at the scene that she thought the gun was unloaded and that she didn't intend to shoot her husband. She also reportedly told an officer that night she planned to shoot herself as well. She has no known felony history.
Quinton Blatchford pleaded guilty to possessing heroin earlier this year in Snohomish County Superior Court.
He had adult felonies for second-degree assault in Snohomish County in 1991 and second-degree manslaughter out of Los Angeles. He also had 12 adult misdemeanor convictions.
The couple had lived in the apartment along Chestnut Street for about four months. Neighbors told police there was a history of domestic disturbances there.
State data show that fewer than 1 in 7 domestic-violence homicide victims are men.
Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.
Story tags » EverettCrimePoliceProsecutionHomicide

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