NJ woman who said she mistakenly shot husband charged with murder

A New Jersey woman who told cops she accidentally shot her husband in the head has been charged with murder, prosecutors said.

Michele Linzalone, 73, called 911 early Monday to report the accidental shooting of her husband, Rocky V. Linzalone, 74, who was later pronounced dead at the couple’s Middletown home despite efforts by paramedics to save him, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey said Tuesday.

Linzalone led responding cops to a second-floor bedroom, where her husband had a gunshot wound to the head. She was later arrested on a first-degree murder charge after investigators determined the fatal shooting was “not the result of an accidental discharge,” Linskey said.

Linzalone, who is also facing a weapon possession charge, was taken into custody Monday at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution ahead of her initial court appearance Tuesday.

She remained held without bond Wednesday ahead of a detention hearing set for Friday, online records show. Court records do not list an attorney for her, a Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman told The Post.

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Investigators determined that Rocky Linzalone’s fatal shooting was “not the result of an accidental discharge.”
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Michele Linzalone was arrested on a first-degree murder charge.
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If convicted of murder, Linzalone faces up to life in prison. Linskey did not provide a possible motive in the deadly shooting and a spokesman with her office declined to elaborate beyond her statement.

Anyone with additional information on the incident should call the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at (800) 533-7443.

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